Africa Healthcare Extension Summit – join me there

I am honoured and delighted to be speaking at the Africa Healthcare Extension Summit 2019 in Nairobi on 26-27 June 2019. I will be highlighting the key success factors in our journey from an innovative idea to a self-sustaining development that has transformed access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia. This will include our partnership with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Zambian Government tender for 250,000 ORS/Zinc co-packs

The evidence just keeps on coming: the work we have done in Zambia, to transform access to the internationally recommended treatment for diarrhoea, will be self-sustaining. Click here for more blog posts on this self-sustaining theme. The latest evidence emerged last Monday (7-May-18) when this notice (on the right) was published in Zambia’s national newspapers. […]

Zambian manufacturer, Pharmanova, take on Kit Yamoyo marketing

“Don’t do anything that makes ColaLife a permanent part of the solution” This has been our mantra right from the beginning of our work in 2008. We have sought to transform access to diarrhoea treatment in Zambia – and ultimately the rest of the world – by helping others to do what they already do, […]

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 […]

More designs on change: What do health and nutrition staff think?

At the end of last year, we completed our project, run with our partner KZF, supporting rural health centres with Kit Yamoyo: training staff, boosting supply and monitoring change. Other findings from the KYTS-ACE Project can be found here: colalife.org/category/kyts-ace-findings It was the first time that rural health centres across some of the most vulnerable and […]

The Man from the Ministry, the Shopkeeper and the Nutritionist

Hon Minister of Health – Dr Chitalu Chilufya As we study the impact of our two big projects in Zambia – developing the market for Oral Rehydration Salts and Zinc for childhood diarrhoea – uppermost in our mind is one word: ‘self-sustainability’. OK, maybe that’s two words. Put it another way: Have we done enough […]

The public sector version of Kit Yamoyo goes everywhere

Mother with GRZ co-pack outside Chinsali Urban Clinic Sep-15 was a turning point to our work in Zambia. In this month the first batch of government-branded Kit Yamoyo packs were delivered to Medical Stores Limited (MSL), the public sector medicines distributor in Zambia, for distribution to health facilities in the 14 districts facing the biggest […]