Take a tablet

From the very beginning of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ), field staff of Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF) have been visiting the retailers they’ve trained to provide them with post-training support. If they can’t visit them, they follow-up by phone. All retailers have a phone and most (but not all) will be in areas with […]

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 […]

ColaLife in today’s Guardian (Monday, 10-Nov-14)

How ColaLife learned to think outside the crate The award-winning charity used to distribute medicines packaged with Coke bottles to remote rural areas, but it had to adapt and move on as it became more successful. You can also read the article online here.

ColaLife arrives back in Zambia

On Wednesday (29-Oct-14) as we left Dubai on the second leg of our return trip to Zambia, I swapped the SIM in my phone so that I would be online the moment we touched down in Lusaka. Sure enough, shortly after the plane’s tyres hit the tarmac my phone sprang into action. What happened next […]

Some thoughts on diarrhoea incidence and seasonality/climate change

The question of seasonality and how it correlates with diarrhoea has come up a number of times. Our last blog post got Rohit thinking about this a bit more. There are few studies, if any, that have looked at the seasonality of diarrhoea incidence in Zambia. This is a global gap in the research because of the complexity of […]

A Sneak Peek at the 2014 Zambia Demographic Health Survey (DHS)

During the course of our trial (August 2012-August 2013) we received word that Zambia would be undertaking its 6th Standard Demographic Health Survey (DHS). The Demographic Health Surveys are nationally representative household surveys that provide data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition. They […]

Scaling up is tough – beware the funding gap

Running a successful trial is one thing, scaling up is quite another. So we have been told by several commentators. So, we’ve made sure we are ready for the key issues people pointed out that we would face. These include: Getting a manufacturer on board, to make the product their own. Creating a new design, […]

WANTED: Help with Google AdWords

Through the Google Grants Program ColaLife has access to AdWords but it’s not yet working for us and we don’t have the capacity to work it all out for ourselves (I’ve tried!). Is there a ColaLife supporter out there who could coach me on a voluntary basis for a few months? If you can help please comment […]

75% of deaths could be saved if we just did what we know how to do

This blog post was inspired by a tweet from the people at USAID Global Health: I can’t verify whether Cyril Engmann actually said this but if he did it’s significant. Dr Engmann is Senior Program Officer, Neonatal Health at The Gates Foundation. We believe that this statement is true and is certainly backed up by […]

Could you spare 5 minutes to endorse our transparency?

Last week we learned that we had been shortlisted in the 2014 Health Systems Social Media Awards , in the ‘Transparency’ category. These awards are run by Health Systems Global. If you can spare 5 minutes, please could you endorse our nomination here. Many of our supporters have applauded our transparency: the way we report both failure […]