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 […]

Preliminary SODIS test results

Last Friday (28/6/13) started with a requirement on my part to produce 4 litres of fecal contaminated water (don’t ask) so that we could test the Kit Yamoyo packaging as a SODIS device. SODIS has been a recurring theme on this blog over the years and we have developed a relationship with the SODIS team at […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map – Take 2

I have written about the ColaLife Innovation Map before but it is time for an update. Peter Drucker, the late, famous American management consultant, educator, and author once said: “When a new venture does succeed, more often than not it is in a market other than the one it was originally intended to serve, with […]