UK AidWe are delighted to announce that DfID Zambia (the UK’s Department for International Development in Zambia) have committed, ahead of other donors, to fund ColaLife’s activities in Zambia until the end of Jun-14.

This is fantastic news as it ensures one of our key objectives, that there should be a ‘no-gap’ transition from the current trial to national scale-up. This is crucially important to us, because mothers and care-givers have come to rely on Kit Yamoyo and it would not be right for the supply of kits to stop just because the trial has ended.

We have approached two more of our existing donors for scale-up support and they make their decisions in Nov-13 just as the trial comes to an end. If they agree to support our plans their funding will run through to 31-Dec-16.

As part of their commitment, DfID Zambia have invited us to bid into a new child nutrition programme which comes on stream early next year. If successful this would provide us with on-going support from DfID from Jul-14 to Dec-16.

This extension of funding also required the support of COMESA/TMSA who act as the ‘accountable body’ for the DfID funding and provide us with office facilities in Lusaka.

We are very grateful to DfID, the UK tax payer and COMESA/TMSA for their continued support. We expect to be able to provide a massive rate of return on your investment in ColaLife.


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About ColaLife

Coca-Cola seems to get everywhere in developing countries, yet essential medicines don’t. Why?

ColaLife uses the same principles and networks that Coca-Cola and other commodity producers use, to open up private sector supply chains for ‘social products’ such as oral rehydration salts and zinc supplements. We began with the concept of using space in Coca-Cola crates – but have extended into a range of innovations, some based on Coca-Cola’s expertise and networks – but many based on questioning the status quo.

You can buy a Coca-Cola virtually anywhere in developing countries but in these same places, 1 in 9 children die before their 5th birthday from simple preventable causes like dehydration from diarrhoea. That’s more than 16 times the average for developed regions (1 in 152).

ColaLife started as an online ‘movement’ in April 2008, and became an independent UK charity in 2011. We have more than 10,000 online supporters and these have given us the power to engage Coca-Cola, UNICEF and other key stakeholders. We are now running a locally-determined adaptation of the ColaLife concept, as our first trial, in Zambia – The ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia (COTZ



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