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

The “co-packaging effect” was evident in a dispensing behaviours analysis conducted by ColaLife across eight health centres in Mongu District, Zambia, in October 2016 and October 2017. All eight centres had ORS and zinc in stock in October 2016; in addition, in October 2017, they all had co-packaged ORS and zinc. Before the introduction of […]

Update: Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)

As reported earlier, we are working to get co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc). We are doing this because the circumstantial evidence suggests that while ORS and Zinc are listed separately on the EMLc they will be procured and supplied separately and rarely dispensed together. The combined use of […]

Access to Medicines Conference, Geneva, 25-May-17

It was an honour to be asked to present the ColaLife Story at a conference in Geneva organised by Takeda on the subject of access to medicines. The presentation was very well received and was a reminder back to me of how much we’ve actually achieved and the hurdles we’ve overcome along the way. The […]

New Kit Yamoyo Screw-top format hits the supermarket shelves

  This is such exciting news. Nearly 4 years after the screw-top format of Kit Yamoyo was conceived and designed, it has finally hit the Shoprite supermarket shelves in Zambia. These pictures are just in from our team on the frontline via WhatsApp. As is often the case in ColaLife, the route the screw-top format took to […]

Making the Case for Inclusion of Co-packaged ORS/Zinc on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (EMLc)

The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines For four decades, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has devoted substantial effort to an essential medicines programme that seeks to improve access to the most needed drugs and devices. The meeting of the 21st WHO Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines will be held […]

Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on the WHO Essential Medicines for Children?

In the evening of 28-Jan-17, four days into our latest support trip to Zambia, the penny dropped. Why isn’t co-packaged ORS and Zinc on WHO’s Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc)? Oral rehydration salts are listed. Zinc is listed. But the global recommendation of ORS and Zinc together is not listed. To quote WHO: Essential […]