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 […]

How the ColaLife trial findings have influenced the design of Kit Yamoyo

The reasons for doing the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) were: to generate robust evidence of what works and what doesn’t; learn and improve. Following the trial, we did a root and branch review of the Kit Yamoyo design – looking again at each component including the packaging. Our key objective of this review was to […]

ORS at work – incredible pictures from Egypt in 1983

It is so hard to communicate just how effective ORS is at treating dehydration but these rare images say it all. The images have just been published by the BBC as part of this excellent article on the origins of ORS which includes quotes with one of its inventors, Dr Norbert Hirschhorn. The caption on the first […]

50,000th Kit Yamoyo sold to wholesalers

I’ve just received the latest stock figures from Pharmanova, the manufacturer of Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit in Zambia. Pharmanova report that they have shipped 51,000 Kit Yamoyo – anti-diarrhoea kits since we started the trial in Sep-12. As reported earlier, 26,230 kits were sold during the trial period (21,823 for vouchers and the remainder for cash). Now, […]