Quantifying the Kit Yamoyo Legacy

Donors fund many projects in less developed countries. This is a good thing. I am proud as a UK tax payer that some of the tax I pay goes to help support less developed countries. The problem is that many projects are established with the best intentions but fail to deliver long term benefits and […]

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 […]

ColaLife to feature in Design Museum Holon, Israel

The original ColaLife ORS/Zinc Co-pack will go on display as part of a Food & Design exhibition in Holon Israel from May to October. To quote the organisers: The exhibition, curated by Liora Rosin and Dana Benshalom, will explore the basic yet intricate relationship between humans and their food, and the entangled role design plays […]

ColaLife featured as case study in two new books

We are pleased to share that ColaLife is featured in two new books in 2023.   The Four Workarounds by Paulo Savaget explores non-traditional problem solving. We are particularly pleased with his sub-title: “Strategies from the world’s scrappiest organisations for tackling complex problems”; it isn’t always big, well-established organisations which effect change. Paulo shadowed us […]

Top 5 Highlights in 2022

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 | 2021’s top 3 2022 saw us move to work more under the ORSZCA […]

Simon Berry gets OBE – what I feel about it

Jane and Simon with Charity and Jane, two of the Keepers Zambia Foundation Field Officers (March 2018) I have been awarded an OBE for services to global child health in the 2023 New Year’s Honours List. Not everyone accepts an award under the UK Honours System. Benjamin Zephaniah refused his, as he said it would […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]