Design thinking for Global Health – Royal Society of Medicine

On 5-Dec-18 I was honoured to be invited as a keynote speaker to contribute to an event held at the Royal Society of Medicine on the role of design in global health. It was as if the event had been set up to showcase our work. Regular readers will be aware of the crucial role […]

Top 10 achievements in 2018

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 saw us move from self-sustaining development in Zambia towards the globalisation of our work. The cover page of our application to the World Health […]

Zambia takes on Kit Yamoyo

A landmark: on 6-Sep-18, almost seven years to the day since we moved to Zambia to make a simple diarrhoea treatment as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola, 27 people from 20 key Zambian projects and organisations came to discuss Kit Yamoyo – the kit of life. With over 75 people on our final report mailing list, it […]

Kit Yamoyo is added to Design Museum’s permanent collection

The Design Museum as it was in 2013 when ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo won Product Design of the Year In April last year (Apr-17) we announced that Kit Yamoyo had been added to the permanent collection of the V&A. Well, we are now proud to announce that it has also been added to the permanent collection […]

ColaLife’s Blog is 10 years old!

Alarm bells start ringing when I begin a ColaLife blog post about us: the ColaLife organisation itself. However, today I’m making an exception because yesterday (6-May-18) the ColaLife Blog was 10 years old. I’ve reproduced the first blog post below and you realise what a journey we’ve been on. In summary: We got Coca-Cola’s attention […]

We’ve got designs on change: 1 – Findings from our endline household survey (KYTS-ACE)

This may be a bit of a technical post, but it answers the very simple question at the heart of our work: ‘Can design improve health outcomes for children?’ We think the answer is YES.  Here is some of our emerging evidence – see if you agree! When we began work to save children’s lives by improving […]

Top 10 achievements in 2017

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 One of the graphics used to support our Essential Medicines List campaign – see Item 1  Image credit: Simon Berry Here are our Ten Top Achievements for 2017.   […]

Kit Yamoyo accessioned into the permanent collection of the V&A

We are very proud to announce that all three formats of Kit Yamoyo have been accessioned into the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum (the V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years […]

Making the Case for Inclusion of Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc)

The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines For four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has devoted substantial effort to an essential medicines programme that seeks to improve access to the most needed drugs and devices. The meeting of the 21st WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines will be held […]

How is ColaLife’s approach transformational?

ColaLife is not the only organisation working to use the private sector to deliver health products and services. Others include PSI, DKT and donor-funded programmes like SHOPS Plus. So why is our approach seen as transformational? The transformational nature of our work is based on combining the following: Focussing on WANT not NEED. Combining product […]