PI Global ColaLife Reunion at the Young V&A

It was a great pleasure for Jane and me to meet up with our friends from PI Global yesterday (14-Mar-2024) for a coffee and a long chat at the Young V&A. Since it opened last year the Young V&A has been exhibiting the original Kit Yamoyo nestling in a Coca-Cola crate. ColaLife’s relationship with PI […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]