Local soap will make Kit Yamoyo 100% Zambian

This is may not look much, but it’s a significant photo. To our knowledge, these are the first 22g tablets of soap ever to be produced in Zambia. They will be produced by the only large scale hand soap manufacturer in Zambia – Trade Kings. This new, small, low-cost pack will transform access to soap […]

Milestone agreement signed

  MSL’s Managing Director (Dr Fundafunda) and KZF’s Executive Director (Mr Msimuko) sign MOU This week (11-Nov-15) Medical Stores Limited (MSL), Zambia’s parastatal medicines distributor, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with our strategic, frontline partner, the Zambian NGO Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF). As part of this agreement MSL will distribute 452,000 of the Government-branded ORS and Zinc […]

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 11 As for Access to ORS & Zinc for Under-5 Diarrhoea Treatment

Access to essential medicines is seen as the key barrier to health in developing countries, by governments and corporates alike[1]. The pharmaceutical industry and those involved in delivering patient healthcare often frame the issues surrounding ‘access’ as three – or sometimes four –  ‘As for Access’. ColaLife has looked at models of patient access covering, […]

Order confirmed for 452,000 ORS and Zinc co-pack kits

ORS and Zinc co-pack for distribution by the Ministry of Health, Zambia On 20-Mar-15 we made a significant step towards reaching our goal of improving access to, and use of, ORS and zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea. Our pharmaceutical partner in Zambia, Pharmanova, got its first public sector order to supply of 452,000 co-packs, […]

Interactive Infographic – another ColaLife ‘first’?

This infographic was inspired during a recent discussion at a ColaLife Trustees’ meeting about the cumulative effects of the improvements we’d achieved during the COTZ trial in terms of children getting the recommended combination treatment for diarrhoea (ORS and Zinc). This led me to develop an interactive infographic in Excel which you can download here: Impact infographic […]

Top 10 achievements in 2014

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 | 2013’s top 10 Some of the mothers of Siachitema. The first remote rural community to receive Kit Yamoyo at the beginning of the trial in August 2012.  Image credit: Simon Berry 1. 50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold 2014 got off to a shaky start. We were […]

Kit Yamoyo training materials – download

These training ‘flashcards’ were developed following the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ)*. They have been approved by Zambia’s Ministry of Health and are used for training community health workers (CHWs) and Kit Yamoyo retailers in the prevention of diarrhoea and the treatment of diarrhoea with ORS and Zinc. All trainees are given a set […]

Endline Survey Report published

During the ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ) three sets of surveys were carried out: a baseline; midline (after 6 months) and endline. All surveys included a household survey and a survey of retailers. The midline and endline also looked at the impact we were having on the rural health centres in the trial sites. Technical […]

How and why we used vouchers in the ColaLife trial (COTZ)

  Kit Yamoyo vouchers | A retailer redeeming a Kit Yamoyo voucher on his phone This blog post is prompted by a review of our work that mis-understood how and why we used vouchers in the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). If you assess COTZ retrospectively, as a trial of vouchers, it comes off very very […]