ORS, Zinc and co-pack prices in Lusaka, Zambia

On our last full day in Zambia (10-Jul-2023) we decided to clear the last thing on the MUST DO list and investigate retail prices for ORS, Zinc and co-packaged ORS and Zinc. As time was short, we decided to conduct an informal ‘Mystery Shopper’ exercise: as we drove from one commitment to another, we stopped […]

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) […]

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 […]

How many sachets of ORS should an ORS/Zinc co-pack contain and what size should they be?

This discussion is based on ColaLife’s field experience in Zambia during the Kit Yamoyo trial (2012-13) and subsequent scale-up (2014-2018) as well as informal discussions with colleagues working in this area and common sense. There is a dearth of research on this specific topic, although it is possible to extrapolate from the scant literature that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Top 5 Achievements for 2019

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   We’ve had 10 years of Top Tens: an exciting decade when ColaLife achieved much more than we ever expected. 2019 […]

Kit Yamoyo price rises in Shoprite

Last week (24-Jul-19) this image was sent to me from a friend in Zambia, who was part of the ColaLife trial and the Kit Yamoyo scale-up in Zambia, with the following kind message: Can you imagine seeing this product 7 years down the line? Thanks for the brilliant idea Simon and Jane. God bless you […]