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 […]

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 […]

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 in this review was to […]

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 I read this tongue-in-cheek post – Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable – which was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of the least-friendly designs highlighted. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun […]

Seven of the headline findings from the ColaLife trial in Zambia

colalife.org/openaccess   The data contained in this blog post: Findings in this blog post are unpublished and based on initial analysis of data from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). Final calculations may vary and will be published in peer reviewed literature in due course. In the interim, the following citation may be used: […]

The India Report

Arriving in India is a shock to the senses. All of them. I flew into Kochi from Uganda via Ethiopia and Mumbai and India hits you immediately. In Uganda, the driving was pretty scary but it has nothing on India. Here,there is no margin for error with motorbikes, cars and lorries gliding and lurching and […]

Kit Yamoyo packaging – looking to the future

ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has really captured the world’s imagination. Users in poor villages in Zambia, who helped us in the design process, really like it and so do top designers, philanthropists, judges of ethics, public health and international development specialists. In the 12-month trial retailers bought 25,000 of them. Last month the Kit Yamoyo was […]

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandonment

Media channels are slowly picking up on what we are learning from the ColaLife trial in Zambia and there have been a range of reactions – from broadsheet to tabloid in that order. The backdrop to this is that the use of the unused space in Coca-Cola crates is not the enabler we thought it […]

Calling all designers – help us out here!

Regular readers will know that our Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit has design features that respond to the needs of the mothers we talked to as part of the design process. A technique we now know is called ‘Human Centred Design’. Mothers helping with the design of the Kit Yamoyo Two key features of Kit Yamoyo help […]