Report on trip to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse, Belgium

Last week (26-Aug-15) I visited the Janssen Pharmaceuticals HQ in Beerse, Belgium. I was invited jointly by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson to address the staff who work on the Beerse Campus at a ‘Townhall” event (200+ people). I also contributed to a Janssen Management Board Meeting and led a discussion with members of the […]

Interactive Infographic – another ColaLife ‘first’?

This infographic was inspired during a recent discussion at a ColaLife Trustees’ meeting about the cumulative effects of the improvements we’d achieved during the COTZ trial in terms of children getting the recommended combination treatment for diarrhoea (ORS and Zinc). This led me to develop an interactive infographic in Excel which you can download here: Impact infographic […]

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 […]

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 […]

COTZ Final Report available

This is the final report of the COTZ Project and was produced by the ColaLife team: Jane Berry, Simon Berry and Rohit Ramchandani. It covers all aspects of the trial: the trial objectives; project need and policy context; the voucher system; sales; costing and pricing; sustainability and forward plans; and finances and cost effectiveness. It […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Grand Challenges Canada say “no”

The downside of the commitment to blog in an open and transparent way is that you have to be the purveyor of bad news as well as good. Here’s some bad news. On Wednesday night at 9:30pm Zambia time we got a call from Grand Challenges Canada to say that our bid to them for […]