ColaLife Resources

Everything ColaLife is learning and designing is available freely, for organisations to adopt or adapt to their own situation. Our ‘open source’ approach is designed to share learning, data and design improvements widely, so that we can have a big impact to save children’s lives, as quickly as possible.

ColaLife’s approach for global impact is to influence the strategies of the existing big players in child health, including national governments. We aim to generate robust, credible evidence, and innovative and tested designs and approaches, to share with organisations working to reduce child mortality.

This page pulls together resources that may be useful to others wishing to learn from the ColaLife trial and scale-up so far and adapt our experience to their own circumstances.

The resources are grouped as follows:

  1. Product design and functionality
  2. Distribution
  3. Marketing and voucher use
  4. Training
  5. Evidence
  6. Other resources

1. Product design and functionality

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The case for 200ml sachets

Evidence-based article which makes the case for the use of 200 mL ORS sachets for the home treatment of diarrhoea.
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The case for co-packaging ORS and Zinc

Observation-based article which makes the case for the co-packaging of ORS and Zinc to help ensure children receive the recommended treatment for diarrhoea (ORS combined with Zinc).
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The case for incorporating measurement functionality

Evidence-based article which makes the case for incorporating water measurement functionality into the packaging.
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Blister pack design for better Zinc adherence

Observation-based article which makes the case for better blister pack design aimed at better Zinc adherence.

This blister pack design is now in use in Zambia.

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How the ColaLife findings influenced the Kit Yamoyo design for scale-up

Following the trial we undertook a ‘root and branch’ review of the design of the Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit. This article explains the detail of this review process.

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2. Distribution

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How the Coca-Cola Distribution System works

It’s the value chain stupid!

Two articles explaining how existing systems for the distribution systems for fast moving consumer goods work and how we have applied this for the distribution of a health product (an anti-diarrhoea kit called Kit Yamoyo).

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3. Marketing and voucher use

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How and why we used vouchers in the ColaLife Trial in Zambia

An article explaining our use of vouchers during the first 6 months of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia and the circumstances under which we might use them again.

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4. Training

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The ColaLife training materials (download)

A description of these training cards and a ‘print ready’ download (PDF) of the ColaLife training ‘flashcards’.
The cards were developed from more complex (and much more expensive) flipchart materials which proved to be too complex and not portable enough for use by frontline workers.

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5. Evidence

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The ColaLife Open Access initiative

Online space for the sharing of the ColaLife learning and findings. This article describes the resources in this area and explains how to apply for access.
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Likelihood of receiving the recommended treatment for diarrhoea
– interactive infographic (download)

This is an interactive infographic which shows how the likelihood of a child receiving the recommended treatment for diarrhoea diminishes as the process of delivery progresses.
This infographic is implemented in Excel and you can put your own variables in it to compare two different delivery systems.
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Seasonality of diarrhoea

A description of how the incidence of diarrhoea varies with the season. Diarrhoea incidence is not highest in the rainy season as many people think.
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The final report of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ)

This is the final project management report for the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia authored by the ColaLife project management team.
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The endline report of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ)

This is the endline report for the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia produced by RuralNet Associates, UNICEF and Rohit Ramchandani can be downloaded here (PDF 1.7 MB).

 

http://www.colalife.org/2014/07/22/endline-survey-report-published/

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Seven of the headline findings from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ)

Infographic of the seven headline findings of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia.
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Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH Thesis

Rohit was the Primary Investigator for the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) and used a subset of the data in his DrPH Thesis at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He successfully defended his thesis in Dec-15 and we expect it to be published online by the end of Jul-16. When it is published a link will be placed here. Meanwhile you can obtain access through our open access initiative.

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6. Other resources

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The ColaLife film: The Cola Road

The Cola Road is an independent, award winning documentary of our work produced by Claire Ward. It was filmed in Aug-12 as we geared up for the start of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia. This page gives details of how to download the film and how we can support public screenings.
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Likelihood of receiving the recommended treatment for diarrhoea
– interactive infographic (download)

This is an interactive infographic which shows how the likelihood of a child receiving the recommended treatment for diarrhoea diminishes as the process of delivery progresses.
This infographic is implemented in Excel and you can download it and put your own variables in it to compare two different delivery systems.
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Scale-up challenges

This article outlines the importance of moving from successful trial to scale-up and some of the challenges we faced making this transition.
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5 immediate recommendations to reduce child mortality from diarrhoea in Zambia

This article was written after completion of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) and outlines 5 immediate recommendations to reduce child mortality and morbidity in Zambia.

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