Institutionalising Innovation – 3rd Peer-reviewed paper published

We are delighted to see our third peer-reviewed paper accepted and published by the prestigious Global Health Science and Practice, a journal that focusses on real world implementation and the ‘how’ of implementation. Having written on this blog so extensively about our work over the years this is exactly the gap in our narrative we […]

ORS, Zinc and co-pack prices in Lusaka, Zambia

On our last full day in Zambia (10-Jul-2023) we decided to clear the last thing on the MUST DO list and investigate retail prices for ORS, Zinc and co-packaged ORS and Zinc. As time was short, we decided to conduct an informal ‘Mystery Shopper’ exercise: as we drove from one commitment to another, we stopped […]

How many sachets of ORS should an ORS/Zinc co-pack contain and what size should they be?

This discussion is based on ColaLife’s field experience in Zambia during the Kit Yamoyo trial (2012-13) and subsequent scale-up (2014-2018) as well as informal discussions with colleagues working in this area and common sense. There is a dearth of research on this specific topic, although it is possible to extrapolate from the scant literature that […]

UNICEF advocates strongly for co-packaging in latest market report

    It was back in 2018 that ColaLife led a successful application to WHO to change the WHO Essential Medicines List to recommend co-packaged ORS and Zinc. So it is very reassuring that UNICEF have advocated so strongly for co-packaged ORS and Zinc in their latest market and supply update on Oral Rehydration Salts […]

BMJ’s social innovations supplement to feature ColaLife’s pioneering work

ColaLife’s pioneering work on co-packaged ORS and Zinc is to be included in an upcoming BMJ special supplement on social innovations for health. Whilst the key aspects of ColaLife’s work were published online in 2016 as part of Rohit Ramchandani‘s DrPH thesis, it has always been a weakness that we’ve been unable to point to […]

Top 3 Achievements in 2021

[Apologies for the delay in publishing this ‘end of year’ blog post.] 2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 | 2016’s top 10 | 2017’s top 10 | 2018’s top 10 2019’s top 5 | 2020’s top 5   COVID […]

The ColaLife Playbook launches today (28-Oct-20)

After more than two years of development the ColaLife Playbook launches today as a living, online, interactive document that is open to all. Anyone can access it here: bit.ly/colalifeplaybook. ColaLife set out to help transform access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia to save lives and reduce stunting. Now we want to assist others to do […]

Amcor donate packaging for one million ORS/Zinc co-packs

Amcor, our scale-up packaging partner, has donated the packaging for a further 1 million ORS/Zinc co-packs. These will be used by Pharmanova in Zambia to assemble ORS/Zinc co-packs for the government – branded as the GRZ ORS/Zinc co-pack – and for the private sector – branded as Kit Yamoyo. The shipment will leave London on […]

WANTED: Volunteer Readers for the ColaLife Playbook

Since we completed our input into the transformation of access to co-packaged ORS and Zinc in Zambia (in Sep-18), we have been working on the globalisation of our work. How can we have an impact beyond Zambia? Our initial focus was to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc listed within the WHO Essential Medicines List. We […]

Why is co-packaged ORS and Zinc so important?

Simon Berry, ColaLife and Robert Choy, PATH Published on behalf of the Diarrhea Innovations Group. This post also appears on the DefeatDD blog. While the world’s attention currently is focused on the immediate needs of the COVID-19 response, existing diseases that result in high mortality and morbidity – such as childhood diarrhoea – have not […]