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 […]

How many sachets of ORS should an ORS/Zinc co-pack contain and what size should they be?

This discussion is based on ColaLife’s field experience in Zambia during the Kit Yamoyo trial (2012-13) and subsequent scale-up (2014-2018) as well as informal discussions with colleagues working in this area and common sense. There is a dearth of research on this specific topic, although it is possible to extrapolate from the scant literature that […]

UNICEF advocates strongly for co-packaging in latest market report

    It was back in 2018 that ColaLife led a successful application to WHO to change the WHO Essential Medicines List to recommend co-packaged ORS and Zinc. So it is very reassuring that UNICEF have advocated so strongly for co-packaged ORS and Zinc in their latest market and supply update on Oral Rehydration Salts […]

ColaLife trial highlights published by the BMJ

We are pleased to announce that the highlights of the ColaLife trial have now been published as a peer-reviewed paper by the BMJ in the BMJ’s Special Supplement on Social innovations in health. The title of the paper is: Emulating value-chains of fast-moving consumer goods to improve uptake of co-packaged ORS and zinc for childhood […]

What’s a Trim Tab? And have we found one to address the childhood diarrhoea death toll?

In 1972, Buckminster Fuller, the famous inventor, architect and philosopher, explained his insight about part of a ship – the ‘trim tab’ – and the power of a trim tab as a metaphor, to understand how one small adjustment can bring about transformative change. And I wondered: could co-packaging for ORS and Zinc be the […]

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 […]

Why is co-packaged ORS and Zinc so important?

Simon Berry, ColaLife and Robert Choy, PATH Published on behalf of the Diarrhea Innovations Group. This post also appears on the DefeatDD blog. While the world’s attention currently is focused on the immediate needs of the COVID-19 response, existing diseases that result in high mortality and morbidity – such as childhood diarrhoea – have not […]

How will COVID-19 affect children in low to middle-income countries?

Global experience to date suggests that the COVID-19 mortality rate for children will be low, even in low to middle-income countries. However, modelling published this month in the Lancet indicates that there will be a considerable indirect impact. COVID-19 will weaken, and in some cases overwhelm, health systems which will lead to a reduction in […]

Visionary Program – 7 questions

It was a pleasure to contribute to the Ashoka Visionary Program which is open to all and run by Ashoka out of Austria (Europe) and Athens (Eastern Africa and the Mediterranean Region). I kicked off the hour-long session with a short, top-level overview of the work ColaLife has done so far but then focussed on […]

Top 5 Achievements for 2019

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 2014’s top 10 | 2015’s top 10 | 2016’s top 10 | 2017’s top 10 | 2018’s top 10   We’ve had 10 years of Top Tens: an exciting decade when ColaLife achieved much more than we ever expected. 2019 […]