Since our midline survey (6 months into the trial) in Mar-13 indicated that our work was having positive impacts, we have been developing a plan to move to a national scale-up. A key objective here was to keep the flow of kits going into the trial areas where mothers and care-givers have started to rely on them. We did not want to be another initiative that stops once the data has been collected.
Had COTZ (the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia) not been a success then the field offices in our intervention districts would have closed down at the end of Sep-13 and the whole trial would have be written up and wound up by the end of Nov-13.
However, by Jun-13 there was a strong interest amongst partners and donors in continuing beyond the trial and this was supported by a DfID consultant who visited us in May-13.
The challenge was how to move from COTZ to a national scale-up and how to do this without an interruption in the supply of Kit Yamoyos. First we approached our first funder, the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (J&JCCT) to ask if we could use the money we’d saved on the Kit Yamoyo voucher activities to keep the frontline field staff in place and they agreed.
We then moved quickly to design the next phase which we’ve called the Kit Yamoyo Transition to Scale or KYTS (clever eh?) which we have put to our existing donors. There was no time to engage new donors at this point if we were to achieve our key objective of keeping the supply of Kit Yamoyos going.
In our next blog post we will provide more detail of the KYTS plan itself.
The other blog posts in this series:
- Moving from trial to scale-up – the transition from COTZ to KYTS (this post)
- An overview of our scale-up plan – KYTS – our approach
- The framework of our scale-up plan – KYTS