The Zambia Report – Feb-15

We are now back from a great 4 weeks in Zambia. It was eventful. This blog post contains the headlines – both the Top Ten Good News stories and Bottom Six Bad! Jane and I arrived at Lusaka airport within 30 minutes of each other from two different directions. Jane had travelled direct from the […]

The Zambia Report – Nov-14

We are now back in the UK after a great 3 weeks in Zambia. So much happened, it felt we were there for 3 months. This blog post contains the details – the good things and the bad: The not so good (bad) Assembly of Kit Yamoyo by Pharmanova stopped in Oct-14 due to a […]

Sales rebound after Katete stock-out

Even from back here in the UK, I’ve been aware of a Kit Yamoyo stock-out problem at the wholesaler in Katete and so I was relieved to get an email a couple of days ago from Elias Lungu in Katete saying how relieved (and happy) he was that stock had finally arrived (30 boxes of […]

Probably the most productive day so far

We had some very bad news late last night on the funding front which punches a massive hole in our scale-up plans, which I will blog about later, but that’s been followed by the most productive and exciting day so far. 9:00 Called our agent to check on progress of the clearing through customs of […]

Scale-up cranks up | Lusaka wholesalers in place

Apologies for the fall in blogging rate. There’s been less than one a week since 1-Jan-14. For the moment blogging time has been swallowed up supporting requests to access our trial findings through our open access initiative. But that’s OK as it’s probably our most important dissemination activity right now. If you’d like access to […]

Final survey kicks off – feelings of slight relief

Last week the trial’s Principal Investigator, Rohit Ramchandani arrived in Zambia to oversee the final survey of the trial. This blog post has been put together using pictures from last week’s training of enumerators and notes sent in by Rohit following the first couple of days in the field in Katete District. It’s incredible that […]

Activities in Katete during Child Health Week

[Guest post by Elias Lungu. Elias heads the frontline activities for the ColaLife Trial in Katete District, Zambia] 22 – 26 July 2013 Introduction Child Health Week is an international activity that takes place country-wide with the aim of treating children from various diseases including diarrhoea, measles, malaria malnutrition etc. A meeting was organised at […]

Kit Yamoyo on local radio in Kalomo and Katete

The Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF) field staff have been using their respective local radio stations for several weeks now to spread the word about Kit Yamoyo and keep the brand in people’s minds. The approach has been different in each district. Katete has run weekly Kit Yamoyo ‘shows’ where they talk with the show’s host about […]

The problem is, you never consulted us. A clip from The Cola Road.

Here is a clip from the independently produced (and funded) ColaLife documentary – The Cola Road. The film maker, Claire Ward, followed us in August 2012 as we prepared for the current trial. While she was here in Zambia she was joined by two colleagues: Guy Godfree and Tracy Levy. The voice on the clip is Albert […]

Just back from Katete

I’m just back from my latest field trip to Katete. On these trips, I’m always aware that, as a 6’2″ white observer with weird hair, my mere presence has an impact on what I’m observing. This was really brought home to me on this trip when I was accompanied by three other white faces. Things got very […]