Why is co-packaged ORS and Zinc so important?

Simon Berry, ColaLife and Robert Choy, PATH Published on behalf of the Diarrhea Innovations Group. This post also appears on the DefeatDD blog. While the world’s attention currently is focused on the immediate needs of the COVID-19 response, existing diseases that result in high mortality and morbidity – such as childhood diarrhoea – have not […]

How will COVID-19 affect children in low to middle-income countries?

Global experience to date suggests that the COVID-19 mortality rate for children will be low, even in low to middle-income countries. However, modelling published this month in the Lancet indicates that there will be a considerable indirect impact. COVID-19 will weaken, and in some cases overwhelm, health systems which will lead to a reduction in […]

Visionary Program – 7 questions

It was a pleasure to contribute to the Ashoka Visionary Program which is open to all and run by Ashoka out of Austria (Europe) and Athens (Eastern Africa and the Mediterranean Region). I kicked off the hour-long session with a short, top-level overview of the work ColaLife has done so far but then focussed 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 […]

New edition of ‘Where There Are No Pharmacists’ includes ORS and Zinc for diarrhoea treatment

Where There Are No Pharmacists is a guide to managing medicines for all health workers. It was first published in 2009. Where there are no trained pharmacists serving communities, other categories of health workers are called upon to order, buy, store, dispense and advise people on rational use of medicines. Where There Are No Pharmacists explains […]

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 […]

Latest figures on the use of zinc for diarrhoea treatment in Zambia

Zambia: Commercially branded co-packaged ORS and zinc – Kit Yamoyo (left) | Government branded co-packaged ORS and zinc (right) The latest Demographic & Health Survey (DHS) has just been published for Zambia. These surveys are undertaken every five years under the DHS Program. The report just published for Zambia (PDF 1.4MB) shows a dramatic change […]

Endline findings from the Lusaka Scale-up (KYTS-LUSAKA)

A Final Hurrah for KYTS Data Collection: Endline Findings From The Kit Yamoyo Transition to Scale – Lusaka Household Survey Our first household survey in Zambia took place in July of 2012. This was when we conducted the baseline for the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ). Here we are, 6 years later, elated to be […]

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 […]

The impact of co-packaging ORS and zinc – Mongu District, Zambia

[Edited on 1-Oct-19 to include information on how the eight health centres were selected.] The “co-packaging effect” was evident in a dispensing behaviours analysis conducted by ColaLife across health centres in Mongu District, Zambia, in October 2016 and October 2017. In Nov/Dec-17 all health centres in Mongu District were visited (n=30) and stocking information for […]