Kit Yamoyo wins Product Design of the Year 2013

I’ve just got back from the field, with so many stories to tell and pictures to show, to the news that ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has won the Product category of the Designs of the Year 2013. The maverick in me thinks it’s fantastic that something designed with the poor and for the poor, and with the word […]

ColaLife featured in The Mail on Sunday – credit where credit is due

We are very pleased with this coverage in The Mail on Sunday about our nomination for Designs of the Year 2013 but I’d like to expand on it a bit. As the ‘front man’ for ColaLife I tend to get all the recognition which is not entirely fair! The idea of piggy-backing essential medicines on […]

Whistle stop trip to the UK

I got back to Lusaka yesterday after a packed speaking and meeting tour in the UK, taking in London and Norwich. It’s great to be back in my blogging seat at my blogging desk. I gave three presentations while in the UK (9/2/13 University of East Anglia (UEA); 11/2/13 Health and Private Sector Advisers at […]

The first 500 AidPods arrive in Lusaka

Today the first 500 AidPods from the production tooling arrived in Lusaka and they are beautiful! These aren’t the first ones off the production tooling. The first ones did not meet the high standards of Charpak and PI Global as the side walls were of an uneven thickness. A slight modification was made of the […]

Testing, testing, 123 testing

The testing processes that PI Global have put into place for the AidPod have been extensive and thorough. 1 Selection of the sealing film Firstly, four different sealing films were heat-sealed to the AidPod and then subjected to under-water pressure tests. The pressure was reduced  to -300mB and held for 1 minute to stress the […]

From AidPod to Anti-Diarrhoea Kit (ADK)

Apologies for all the posts recently about packaging. It is a major focus at the moment but it’ll soon pass! I thought it would be useful to describe how the packaging and the components have now come together to form the anti-diarrhoea kit (ADK). Until the start of the set-up period of the trial we […]

Packaging Fest at PI Global

We had a great day on Wednesday. Eric, the head of the AidPod team at PI Global had pulled together all those involved in the final stages of the packaging workpackage to review options and look at dependencies. Key players at this point are Charpak who will be manufacturing the AidPod container and lid; Amcor […]

The great unveiling – the production AidPod – the Mark XI

Tim Llewellyn of PI Global describes the latest version of the AidPod (Mark XI) over Skype Yesterday (28/3/12) was a big day. The highly anticipated Skype meeting with our packaging partner to present what is likely to be the version of the AidPod that will go into production was postponed from 11am to 3pm to […]

Pack of innovation – your ORS: shaken, not stirred

Who knew that packaging could be so exciting? We’re delighted with the way PI Global has taken our ideas and made them into a functional reality. In fact, there is a chance that our original innovation, that has captured everyone’s imagination – the piggy-backing of simple medicines on the Coca-Cola secondary distribution system – may […]

Our response to the PRA – the AidPod Mark VIII

The AidPod moved to a new level of refinement this week in response to the challenge presented to us by Zambia’s Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority (PRA). We had shown them the previous version (pictured) which I featured here. The PRA had an issue with soap being in the same kit as ORS and Zinc. There are […]