ColaLife to close down at the end of 2023

It has always been the view of our board of trustees and the ColaLife co-founders that ColaLife should not outlive its usefulness. We’ve achieved far more than we ever anticipated. And the changes we’ve brought about now sit with mainstream organisations much more powerful than we could ever be. So, ColaLife will close down gracefully […]

ORS, Zinc and co-pack prices in Lusaka, Zambia

On our last full day in Zambia (10-Jul-2023) we decided to clear the last thing on the MUST DO list and investigate retail prices for ORS, Zinc and co-packaged ORS and Zinc. As time was short, we decided to conduct an informal ‘Mystery Shopper’ exercise: as we drove from one commitment to another, we stopped […]

Event: The Kit Yamoyo Story

A key objective of our final trip to Zambia was to use it make some noise around Kit Yamoyo, to celebrate its legacy and reaffirm the commitment of the government and private sector to the product. The planning for this began back in Mar-2023 when I asked James Thornton, who had been the British High […]

So how was the Kit Yamoyo Legacy achieved?

In a recent post I tried to quantify the Kit Yamoyo Legacy and indicated that I’d follow-up with a post on how we think this legacy was achieved. We think it boils down to eight principles and furthermore we think that if ‘foreign bodies’ (international NGOs and aid agencies) followed these principles, we would see […]

Final Visit to Zambia – Week 3

Sunday 25-Jun-2023 to Saturday 1-Jul-2023 This week we released ourselves from our self-imposed COVID lockdown. We started going out again and meetings were back on. The big event of the week was an all-day, hands-on workshop at BongoHive. BongoHive is a very exciting local organisation. A hub for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Current themes are […]

Quantifying the Kit Yamoyo Legacy

Donors fund many projects in less developed countries. This is a good thing. I am proud as a UK tax payer that some of the tax I pay goes to help support less developed countries. The problem is that many projects are established with the best intentions but fail to deliver long term benefits and […]

Final Visit to Zambia – Week 1

It’s been five years since our involvement in Zambia ceased. It ended formally at the Last Learning & Steering Group Meeting on 6-Sep-2018 and we’ve not been back since. Reportedly, things have been carrying on without us. Now we are here we can see for ourselves. The reason for the trip is to tie up […]

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 […]

We’ve got designs on change: 1 – Findings from our endline household survey (KYTS-ACE)

This may be a bit of a technical post, but it answers the very simple question at the heart of our work: ‘Can design improve health outcomes for children?’ We think the answer is YES.  Here is some of our emerging evidence – see if you agree! When we began work to save children’s lives by improving […]

The Man from the Ministry, the Shopkeeper and the Nutritionist

Hon Minister of Health – Dr Chitalu Chilufya As we study the impact of our two big projects in Zambia – developing the market for Oral Rehydration Salts and Zinc for childhood diarrhoea – uppermost in our mind is one word: ‘self-sustainability’. OK, maybe that’s two words. Put it another way: Have we done enough […]