Report on trip to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse, Belgium

Last week (26-Aug-15) I visited the Janssen Pharmaceuticals HQ in Beerse, Belgium. I was invited jointly by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson to address the staff who work on the Beerse Campus at a ‘Townhall” event (200+ people). I also contributed to a Janssen Management Board Meeting and led a discussion with members of the […]

Interactive Infographic – another ColaLife ‘first’?

This infographic was inspired during a recent discussion at a ColaLife Trustees’ meeting about the cumulative effects of the improvements we’d achieved during the COTZ trial in terms of children getting the recommended combination treatment for diarrhoea (ORS and Zinc). This led me to develop an interactive infographic in Excel which you can download here: Impact infographic […]

Top 10 achievements in 2014

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 Some of the mothers of Siachitema. The first remote rural community to receive Kit Yamoyo at the beginning of the trial in August 2012.  Image credit: Simon Berry 1. 50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold 2014 got off to a shaky start. We were […]

Focus on Amcor

Last Monday (1-Dec-14) we were invited to visit Amcor’s packaging plant in Ledbury by Peter Ettridge, ColaLife’s champion within the company. We were introduced to Amcor through Peter by PI Global, our packaging partner in the UK, way back in early 2012. Amcor is a massive multi-national company that specialises in flexible packaging from simple plastic bags […]

Design like you give a damn – the case for 200ml ORS sachets

This blog post has been gestating for a while but the contractions really started* when I read this tongue-in-cheek post – Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable – which was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of the least-friendly designs highlighted. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun […]

5 immediate recommendations to reduce child mortality in Zambia

This is a call to all to comment on 5 immediate recommendations to come out of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). We are particularly interested in whether these are compatible with iCCM. Please add your comments below or email simon@colalife.org   5 immediate recommendations to reduce childhood mortality in Zambia These actions can […]

Screw-top samples arrive from China

Two sample Screw-top containers have arrived from China for our approval and we are delighted with them. They were blown from a standard pre-form (blank) into a mould designed for us by our packaging partner PI Global. The mould was made in China from a digital file sent by PI Global to the mould maker […]

Kit Yamoyo featured at “Best Buys In Global Health” event

Last week (19-Mar-14), ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo was featured at the Best Buys in Global Health event hosted at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. The event was held in partnership with PATH, PSI, DEVEX and Merck for Mothers, and marked the launch of the Spring edition of PSI’s Impact Magazine, “The Best Buys […]

Kit Yamoyo packaging – looking to the future

ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has really captured the world’s imagination. Users in poor villages in Zambia, who helped us in the design process, really like it and so do top designers, philanthropists, judges of ethics, public health and international development specialists. In the 12-month trial retailers bought 25,000 of them. Last month the Kit Yamoyo was […]

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandonment

Media channels are slowly picking up on what we are learning from the ColaLife trial in Zambia and there have been a range of reactions – from broadsheet to tabloid in that order. The backdrop to this is that the use of the unused space in Coca-Cola crates is not the enabler we thought it […]