Child survival – why innovation is needed

In 1990 the eight Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) were published and are the blueprint for development agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. MDG#4 relates to child mortality and the target is: TARGET Reduce by […]

Top 10 achievements in 2011

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 1. Co-design of the ColaLife Trial We first visited Zambia in October 2010 to gauge interest in a trial there of the ColaLife idea. We got an overwhelmingly positive response and so started working with key local partners on a plan. We visited again in January and May to meet […]

Supply chain theory in 140 characters

One of the good things about Twitter is that in concentrates the mind. Can you get your thought, your hypothesis, your joke or witticism down to just 140 characters? As we’ve got deeper and deeper into the ColaLife project a hypothesis has been developing about supply chains. I’ve been trying to get this hypothesis down to 140 […]

Going off-piste!

The skiers amongst you will know that there are big risks when going off-piste but the rewards are usually wonderful unless something awful happens. This is the territory we are in right now with the trial, as we find out, from both customers and world experts, what they think would work best. In our original […]

Demand-driven distribution chains – Step 1: Create a desirable product

I have written before about supply-led versus demand-driven distribution systems. ColaLife is seeking to demonstrate that you can establish a demand-driven system which will pull a public health commodity into remote rural communities in Zambia. The tweet-sized version of this hypothesis goes like this: “You can get a product or service to anywhere in the […]

Getting the syphon going

We are at a very exciting – albeit nerve-wracking – place just now right at the start of the trial. The situation we were in a few weeks ago, after our visit to see Chief Siachitema, is a really good metaphor for the situation we find ourselves in right now. Let me explain. As we […]

The Kit Yamoyo features (original AidPod version) (video)

[addendum 7-Jan-17] Note that this was the version of Kit Yamoyo used in the original trial (2012-13). It went out of production in Sep-16. It was superseded by the Flexi-pack design from Oct-15. For further information please see: How the ColaLife trial findings have influenced the design of Kit Yamoyo and The features of the Kit Yamoyo […]

The ColaLife business model in annotated pictures

Now that we are underway I’m able to illustrate our business model in practice using pictures from along the supply chain. There are links at the end of this presentation to two short videos: an endorsement by Dr Kasonde, Zambia’s Minister of Health and a description of the Kit Yamoyo features. Let me know what […]

Top 10 achievements in 2012

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 The end of the line. A child using the Kit Yamoyo in a remote village in Kalomo. Image credit: Claire Ward. 1. The launch of COTZ (the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia) Remote rural Kit Yamoyo retailer It has taken 25 years from the birth of […]

Retailers buy by the box full

When we were designing the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ), we agonised over the unit of sale to retailers. We had some information on the working capital that remote, rural retailers had. But not much. We finally settled on a pack size of one bag of 5 kits as the unit of sale to a […]