Guy Fraser succumbs to COVID

We have just received the very sad news that Guy Fraser has died of COVID. As we moved from the trial in Zambia to the scale-up we wanted to localise all the components of Kit Yamoyo. Pharmanova had been making ORS for a number of years and during the trial they started their own production […]

ColaLife joins the GREAT Britain stable of British Innovations

We are very proud to be a part of the GREAT Britain campaign which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer, particularly to those who want to do business with the UK, visit or study there. We have been chosen for the campaign by DfID and we are very pleased we are […]

Multiply your money | Invest in ColaLife (or book a holiday & help that way too)

You may have noticed that we are on a fundraising drive. But before I tell you why we are doing this, let me tell you how we have multiplied the money we have received from individual supporters so far. To date we have received about £10,000 in donations, to put together the partnership and develop […]

PedZinc samples arrive from Tanzania

Regular readers will remember a mini-panic that we had back last month when we visited the Medical Stores Limited (MSL) warehouse to find the type of Zinc supplements we wanted but packed in boxes of 100 tablets (10 blister packs of 10 tablets each) – see the picture below. This is a real problem for […]

Zambia Diary | Days 2-5, Visit 3 | UNICEF, MoH, KZF, MSL and Baltimore

It’s been a busy and varied few days. A lot of the weekend was spent preparing for the workshop UNICEF had asked Jane to run on ‘Participatory Techniques’. The image above is of her doing just that into the evening. This request came after the workshop Jane ran on our last visit to pull stakeholders […]

Always Cola, Rarely Essential Medicines

Last week we received and email from one of our Virtual Advisory Board members, Prashant Yadav, drawing our attention to a paper just published by INSEAD and co-authored by Prashant YADAV, Orla STAPLETON and Luk N. VAN WASSENHOVE. The paper is entitled: Always Cola, Rarely Essential Medicines: Comparing Medicine and Consumer Product Supply Chains in the Developing World. A […]

How Coca-Cola’s distribution system works

We’ve learnt a lot over the last two years or so about how the Coca-Cola distribution systems work and we thought it would useful to summarise our current state of knowledge so that others can fill any gaps or correct any misconceptions. Please comment. The first thing to realise is that Coca-Cola is a sort […]

ColaLife Reception | Last call for registrations

Image derived from photo by CogDogBlog Before I make this call, I need to apologise to our Jewish friends for inadvertently holding the ColaLife Reception on the first night of Hanukkah. This was a mistake made by an under-resourced bunch of volunteers. Our apologies. We will put this right next year by running another event […]

Zambia Diary | Day 7 | Formats!!

I’ve been giving out duff gen! I thought 80% of the Coca-Cola produced in Africa went out in 350ml bottles in a particular type of crate. But this is not correct as the most common bottles here in Zambia are in fact 300ml AND the crates are different. I think the error comes from my […]

Fieldwork becomes a reality

View Larger Map Apologies for the lack of blog posts recently but there has been a lot going on and some exciting developments in the pipeline that I can’t QUITE report just yet. But I can report that, thanks to the ColaLife supporters who sponsored me and the other cyclists, we have raised enough money […]