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 […]

WANTED: Volunteer Readers for the ColaLife Playbook

Since we completed our input into the transformation of access to co-packaged ORS and Zinc in Zambia (in Sep-18), we have been working on the globalisation of our work. How can we have an impact beyond Zambia? Our initial focus was to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc listed within the WHO Essential Medicines List. We […]

WHO Essential Medicines List – Presentation to ASTMH 2019

Our colleague, Rohit Ramchandani, is just back from the Annual Meeting on the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) where he’d been invited to give a presentation on “Transitioning co-packaged ORS and Zinc to scale following Model EML Listing”. This invitation was prompted following the success of our application to WHO to modify […]

Our EML application now open for comments on the WHO website

[20-Mar-2023 Addendum: the links below to the WHO website no longer work. Our application can now be downloaded here. The summary of the WHO Secretariat’s decision to include co-packaged ORS and zinc is available here.] Our application to get co-packaged ORS and zinc on the WHO Model Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc) is now […]

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 […]

DfID Secretary of State and UNICEF provide letters of support

On 12-Nov-18 we submitted our application to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children and this was reported here. Our application was submitted with ten letters of support. The application and the letters of support are now available on the WHO website here. Letters of support have […]

Application submitted to WHO to add co-packaged ORS and zinc to the WHO Essential Medicines List

Today (12-Nov-18) was a very big day for ColaLife. It was on 28-Jan-17, when the penny dropped for me. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? ORS is listed and zinc is listed and this has been the case for nearly 15 years but still only about 7% of […]

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 […]

Zambia adds co-packaged ORS and zinc to Essential Medicines List

The final Steering & Learning Group Meeting for the KYTS Programme was held in Lusaka on 6-Sep-18. The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr Kennedy Malama. At this meeting Dr Malama confirmed that the Ministry of Health, through their Formulary Committee, had added co-packaged ORS and Zinc to […]