Pharmanova launch new Kit Yamoyo format and reduce prices across the board

Kit Yamoyo wall painting, George Compound, Aug-16. Image credit: Lawrence Wilbraham. Last Thursday (1-Sep-16) Pharmanova launched a new, lower priced, Kit Yamoyo format (without soap) and also reduced their ex-factory prices for all Kit Yamoyo formats, across the board. This is their response to market forces in general and the issue of VAT in particular […]

ColaLife’s work features strongly in Global ORS/Zinc Policy Paper

Open-source sharing of ColaLife’s lessons, designs and data has been our aspiration since we began in 2008. We’ve made a start on this (see our Open Access Initiative) but during 2016, we want to move this to the next level, even though work in Zambia to establish Kit Yamoyo in the market is still rolling […]

Kit Yamoyo paraded by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week

Thanks to the active engagement of the Kit Yamoyo manufacturer in Zambia (Pharmanova), Kit Yamoyo had a very high profile during the parade through Lusaka on 7-Jun-16 by young pharmacists during Pharmacy Awareness Week (7 to 11-Jun-16). The parade made the national TV news. This weekend the Pharmaceutical Society of Zambia (PSZ) will also hold […]

Costing and pricing in the real world: the VAT issue, inflation and affordability

For the moment we’ve lost the battle with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) to have Kit Yamoyo zero rated for VAT purposes. The ZRA pointed out that Kit Yamoyo contains soap which is VAT-able and so VAT should be charged on the kit at 16%. We responded saying that Kit Yamoyo has been approved by […]

Cholera and Chlorine – two stories from Zambia

Here are two stories written by me, as an outsider looking in, as a vaccination campaign starts in Zambia to control the Cholera outbreak that started in Feb-16.   1. The Chlorine story Ruth adds Chlorine to water to make it safe to drink at home in Chigwilizano Village in Kafue District, Zambia Image credit: […]

Top 10 achievements in 2015

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 | 2014’s top 10 There are now 24 people assembling kits full-time at Pharmanova.  Image credit: Simon Berry 2015 has been a real turning point. 2014 was a difficult year where we struggled to keep things going in Zambia, while we sought […]

Simon Berry talks to George Phiri of Hone FM 94.1

Yesterday (25-Nov-15) morning I participated in an hour-long radio programme with colleagues from Pharmanova and Keepers Zambia Foundation on Hone FM 94.1 in Lusaka. Our host was George Phiri and the subject was kit Yamoyo. Here’s a clip that George sent me. The context is that at the end of the programme George asked us all […]

Shoprite Zambia to stock Kit Yamoyo nationwide from Dec-15

This is probably the biggest single story posted on this blog since it started in May-08. From December 2015, Shoprite stores across the whole of Zambia will stock the Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit. This is the biggest event in Zambia’s history with regard to providing access to ORS and Zinc for the home treatment of diarrhoea […]

Kit Yamoyo assembly now in full swing at Pharmanova

Meet the assembly team at Pharmanova. These 24 men will be working for the next 14 months to fulfil existing orders for Kit Yamoyo, and the public sector variant, the GRZ ORS/Zinc co-pack. The guy standing in the middle in the dark blue overall is Conta – he’s in charge and has been involved in […]

The Zambia Report – May-15

What’s the best way to fulfil our plan to hand over responsibility for Kit Yamoyo to local organisations? With scale-up finally getting underway, we decided that a trip to Zambia once a quarter, with remote support in between, would offer the best chance of success. We were last there in Jan/Feb-15 (as reported here). By the […]