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 […]

Design like you give a damn – the case for 200ml ORS sachets

This blog post has been gestating for a while but the contractions really started* when this tongue-in-cheek post - Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable - was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of them. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun There was another push when […]

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 […]

Simon & Jane to return to the UK as funding bids fail

I wouldn’t normally put pictures of Jane and me on the blog but this is a special occasion. Jane and I will be leaving the lovely Zambia on 30-Jun-14 as we have been unsuccessful in raising the funding we need for the Kit Yamoyo 3-year scale-up plan. Ever since the surprise decision of Grand Challenges […]

A conversation with the BBC’s iPM Programme

We are very pleased that this feature was broadcast nationally in the UK today (14-Jun-14). You’re excused if you missed it as it did go out at 0545am BST (0445am GMT) so here’s a chance to listen again. The feature was put together by Jennifer Tracey of the BBC using archive material and excerpts from […]

ColaLife and Johnson & Johnson win FT/IFC Transformational Business Award

Tonight (12-Jun-14) ColaLife and our first project funding partner Johnson & Johnson won the FT/IFC Transformational Business Award in the health category. The other shortlisted entries were: Operation ASHA, India Sida (with USAID, Norway, DfID, CIFF, CHAI, and The Gates Foundation) Sweden/Norway/UK/US [we are not sure what this is] We are delighted about this and it […]

Interview at the William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

As my two and a half week trip to the USA and Canada draws to a close and my final presentation at C2MTL has been delivered I’m reflecting on the trip and I will be reporting on it over the next week or so. To kick off here is a 2-part video interview filmed during […]

Deployment of the ColaLife Field Monitoring System gets underway

This evening (Sunday, 11-May-14) the two KYTS project managers from the two front-line Zambian NGOs (KZF and iDE) undertaking the community-based marketing for Kit Yamoyo came around for a ‘training of trainers’ session on the new tablet-based ColaLife Field Monitoring System (CFMS). This is pretty awesome, although I say so myself! I have built it using […]

Gates Foundation and Microsoft to screen the ColaLife documentary – 20 and 21-May in Seattle

In April Inc.com listed The Cola Road as one of 5 Documentaries About Entrepreneurs You Need to Watch This Spring. This month, in Seattle, there will be two opportunities to see the award-winning, independently made ColaLife documentary – The Cola Road . Each free showing will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry […]

5 immediate recommendations to reduce child mortality in Zambia

This is a call to all to comment on 5 immediate recommendations to come out of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). We are particularly interested in whether these are compatible with iCCM. Please add your comments below or email simon@colalife.org   5 immediate recommendations to reduce childhood mortality in Zambia These actions can […]