The Zambia Report – Oct-17

I was in Zambia for a support visit from 18-Oct-17 to 9-Nov-17. I travelled by myself this time while Jane travelled to the U.S. to deliver a presentation about our work at an event organised by one of our supporters – Ceniarth. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the trip. A meeting […]

Moving from development to sales – from trial to scale-up

We were warned. People said to us: “Scale-up is completely different to running a trial. You’ve run a successful trial, do you really want to get involved in the scale-up?” The truth is that we had no burning desire to get involved in scale-up. In fact our original strategy was to generate the evidence that […]

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 […]

It’s back to the kitchen table

Kitchen tables have been important in the development of ColaLife. That’s where we started and that’s where we are now. Despite the incredible progress we are making, the funding and administrative arrangements have been very chaotic over the last few months – and here we explain why. The progress first: Expansion of activities in and […]

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 […]

A day in the field in Katete

Mothers and children (in their finest) at an under 5’s growth monitoring clinic in Mnthipa Village, Katete Today I had the pleasure to accompany the KZF staff of a field trip in Katete where we linked up with a group of women who had brought their children to an under 5s growth monitoring session. With […]

Wonderful day in Katete

I’m just back from a very inspiring day in Katete – one of the two districts we are running the ColaLife trial (COTZ) in. I travelled  with three colleagues: Elias Lungu (the KZF project officer in Katete); Albert Saka (KZF, Lusaka) and Rohit Ramchandani (ColaLife‘s Public Health Adviser and the Primary Investigator for COTZ). We […]

A day in the field in Katete

I’m just back from a day in the field in Katete and wanted to share some of my observations. These are just observations at the moment, not evidence. You’ll have wait for the midline survey for the first evidence to emerge. We visited 13 registered retailer,s and a 14th who we would like to recruit, […]

The bicycles have arrived!

As a bit of bicycle enthusiast myself it gives me enormous pleasure that the ColaLife trial has the resources to provide the Kit Yamoyo promoters with bicycles. Because of the low population density of the districts we are working in (eg 16 people per square kilometre in Kalomo – that’s 6.25 hectares or 15.5 football […]

Zambia Diary | Days 2-5, Visit 3 | UNICEF, MoH, KZF, MSL and Baltimore

It’s been a busy and varied few days. A lot of the weekend was spent preparing for the workshop UNICEF had asked Jane to run on ‘Participatory Techniques’. The image above is of her doing just that into the evening. This request came after the workshop Jane ran on our last visit to pull stakeholders […]