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We were encouraged to find entrepreneurs acting innovatively and creatively:  ColaLife , for example, is using Coca Cola’s distribution channels to carry life-saving medicines to remote communities

How do you solve a problem like diarrhoea?

We were encouraged to find entrepreneurs acting innovatively and creatively: ColaLife , for example, is using Coca Cola’s distribution channels to carry life-saving medicines to remote communities

TEDxBerlin - Simon Berry - "Colalife"

ColaLife uses vast, extisting distribution channels to carry 'social products' to developing countries

Although Coca-Cola products are readily available for sale in remote African villages, many of the life saving medicines needed for easily treatable diseases can only be obtained at health clinics located a day-long walk, or further, away. So an innovative nonprofit called ColaLife developed packaging and a method for using the Coca-Cola distribution network to distribute medicines, specifically anti-diarrhea kits, in Zambia.

Using the Coca-Cola supplier network to distribute medicines in Africa

Diarrheal disease, which kills a million children younger than 5 each year, has an image problem. It doesn’t raise much alarm in industrialized countries, where it is merely a nuisance that can be treated with inexpensive, readily accessible remedies. In poorer countries, though, where a large majority of these children are dying, those remedies often cannot be found.

Making a Medicine as Easy to Find as a Can of Coke

Diarrheal disease kills more than a million young children each year. Can Coca-Cola’s huge distribution network be leveraged to deliver the remedy?

To get vital medicines to children in need throughout Zambia, entrepreneur Simon Berry started taking cues from Coca-Cola

To get vital medicines to children in need throughout Zambia, entrepreneur Simon Berry started taking cues from Coca-Cola

This aid kit is designed to nestle between Coca-Cola bottles to bring medicine to remote locations through the drinks company's vast distribution channels.

Kit Yamoyo medicine pods by ColaLife

This aid kit is designed to nestle between Coca-Cola bottles to bring medicine to remote locations through the drinks company's vast distribution channels.

The importance of doing things with people, rather to them or for them, has cropped up a few times in my recent posts … whether designing technology for a better later life,  re-inventing a knowledge hub, or re-learning the lessons of community architecture.

The importance of doing things with people, rather to them or for them, has cropped up a few times in my recent posts … whether designing technology for a better later life, re-inventing a knowledge hub, or re-learning the lessons of community architecture.

ColaLife | Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI)

ColaLife | Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI)

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries -Mary Penn

Top 10 New Health Care Innovations for Developing Countries -Mary Penn

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