Final Visit to Zambia – Week 2

Sunday 18-Jun-2023 to Saturday 24-Jun-2023 We decided to go into self-imposed lockdown this week having tested positive for COVID on Saturday (17-Jun-2023). All the meetings we had lined up for the week, bar one, were one-to-one which we were able to rearrange. The exception was an invitation to speak to the nutrition Cooperating Partners (donors) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ORS/Zinc Co-pack Alliance (ORSZCA) seeks co-chairs

Mother administers ORS to her child. ICDDR,B Hospital Dhaka © Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Prashant Panjiar As the world learns to live with COVID, ColaLife is re-starting its advocacy work aimed at making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the “go-to” treatment for childhood diarrhoea. This builds on our successful application in 2019 for the World Health […]

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: […]

Guy Fraser succumbs to COVID

We have just received the very sad news that Guy Fraser has died of COVID. As we moved from the trial in Zambia to the scale-up we wanted to localise all the components of Kit Yamoyo. Pharmanova had been making ORS for a number of years and during the trial they started their own production […]

Top 5 Achievements in 2020

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   The COVID pandemic has made 2020 a difficult year for us all. We have not made as […]

COVID-19, diarrhoeal disease and fragile health systems

Evidence suggests that COVID-19 will have only a small direct impact on our target group – under 5 children and their carers (adults of reproductive age) in low to middle-income countries. However, the indirect impacts, through disrupted health systems are likely to be very large indeed. Simon recently gave a presentation on this to the […]

How will COVID-19 affect children in low to middle-income countries?

Global experience to date suggests that the COVID-19 mortality rate for children will be low, even in low to middle-income countries. However, modelling published this month in the Lancet indicates that there will be a considerable indirect impact. COVID-19 will weaken, and in some cases overwhelm, health systems which will lead to a reduction in […]