ColaLife to close down at the end of 2023

It has always been the view of our board of trustees and the ColaLife co-founders that ColaLife should not outlive its usefulness. We’ve achieved far more than we ever anticipated. And the changes we’ve brought about now sit with mainstream organisations much more powerful than we could ever be. So, ColaLife will close down gracefully […]

So how was the Kit Yamoyo Legacy achieved?

In a recent post I tried to quantify the Kit Yamoyo Legacy and indicated that I’d follow-up with a post on how we think this legacy was achieved. We think it boils down to eight principles and furthermore we think that if ‘foreign bodies’ (international NGOs and aid agencies) followed these principles, we would see […]

Design thinking paper published in BMJ Innovations

We are pleased to announce that the peer-reviewed journal – BMJ Innovations – has published a second paper based on our work on co-packaged ORS and Zinc in Zambia. Design thinking to improve rational use of oral rehydration salts: lessons from an innovative co-packaged diarrhoea treatment kit describes the processes we followed in designing and […]

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 […]

ColaLife trial highlights published by the BMJ

We are pleased to announce that the highlights of the ColaLife trial have now been published as a peer-reviewed paper by the BMJ in the BMJ’s Special Supplement on Social innovations in health. The title of the paper is: Emulating value-chains of fast-moving consumer goods to improve uptake of co-packaged ORS and zinc for childhood […]

Ceniarth agree to reschedule support to ColaLife

At the end of 2019, we started the final, 2-year, phase of our work supported by Ceniarth, reported here: Ceniarth to support ColaLife for two more years. As for many health initiatives, in early 2020, COVID intervened and we’ve had to revise our plans several times. We’re delighted to report that on 22-Apr-22, Ceniarth agreed […]

Please register for the launch of the ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance (ORSZCA)

Over the last six months ColaLife has worked with others, and with Leith Greenslade (JustActions) in particular, to establish the ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance (ORSZCA) to advocate for the new WHO recommendation that ORS and Zinc should be co-packaged for the treatment of diarrhoea. This represents ColaLife’s last push to globalise our impact. Regular readers will […]

ORSZCA Update: GFF, UNICEF and more

If you haven’t already done so, please join ORSZCA, the open global network to accelerate the adoption of the new WHO recommendation for diarrhoea treatment: co-packaged ORS and Zinc. Please also follow us on Twitter: @ORSZCA. Supporting the ORSZCA global alliance will lead ColaLife to achieve the final phase of our global impact strategy. ORSZCA […]

What’s a Trim Tab? And have we found one to address the childhood diarrhoea death toll?

In 1972, Buckminster Fuller, the famous inventor, architect and philosopher, explained his insight about part of a ship – the ‘trim tab’ – and the power of a trim tab as a metaphor, to understand how one small adjustment can bring about transformative change. And I wondered: could co-packaging for ORS and Zinc be the […]

ColaLife is a catalyst – that’s all

As we all learn to live with COVID, ColaLife is working to re-start its ORS/Zinc co-packaging advocacy work, which stopped as COVID emerged, overwhelming many of the partners we need to make this happen. We will have exciting announcements to make about this re-start in the next couple of weeks – but here’s a preview: […]