Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH thesis published online

We are very pleased to announce that Rohit Ramchandani’s DrPH thesis (Jan-16) has finally been published on the Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries website. It’s entitled: EMULATING COMMERCIAL, PRIVATE-SECTOR VALUE-CHAINS TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO ORS AND ZINC IN RURAL ZAMBIA: EVALUATION OF THE COLALIFE TRIAL. The abstract can be read directly from the website here (and […]

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 […]

Gates Foundation and Microsoft to screen the ColaLife documentary – 20 and 21-May in Seattle

In April Inc.com listed The Cola Road as one of 5 Documentaries About Entrepreneurs You Need to Watch This Spring. This month, in Seattle, there will be two opportunities to see the award-winning, independently made ColaLife documentary – The Cola Road . Each free showing will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Claire Ward, ColaLife co-founder, Simon Berry […]

Kit Yamoyo presented at UN General Assembly as breakthrough innovation

Our strategy for impact is that others pick up what we are learning from the trial in Zambia and incorporate this into their own programmes. For this strategy to work people need to know what we are doing and we need endorsement from reputable sources. For this reason we are very pleased to be showcased […]

Kit Yamoyo sales fall as vouchers are withdrawn

Our aim in the COTZ trial has always been to test private sector market-based approaches to distributing a new anti-diarrhoea kit (Kit Yamoyo). That was the model that our Zambian partners proposed and preferred – including the Ministry of Health. They wanted a ‘trade-not-aid’ model – and we agreed – although we have been able […]

ColaLife wins the top prize at the DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards

Last night (16/5/13) while we slept in Zambia, there were celebrations going in Wilmington, Delaware, USA at the DuPont Packaging Innovation Awards. This morning we learnt that we’d won the top prize (Diamond) and we also won in the ‘Food Security’ category. It was great that our colleague, Rohit Ramchandani, was there and met up […]

Midterm survey well underway – Rohit returns to Canada

The huge undertaking that is the COTZ* midline survey is now well under way in four districts: the two intervention districts (Katete and Kalomo) and the two control districts (Petauke and Monze). In each district our partners RuralNet Associates are surveying 625 households, 45 retailers and talking to the health centres to see if our […]

I want to tell you a story about a mother | Rohit Ramchandani on ColaLife at TEDxYouth Toronto

Here’s a great take on ColaLife presented by our own Public Health Adviser and Primary Investigator for the COTZ Trial in Zambia – Rohit Ramchandani: View the presentation on YouTube. ColaLife has now been presented at five TEDx events: TEDx Berlin – 15/11/10 – if you want to watch another presentation then this is the one! […]

ColaLife wins Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) Stars in Global Health award

ColaLife is delighted to announce that we’ve been selected as recipients of a Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) Stars in Global Health award. So, who is our Star in Global Health? And where does Canada come in? Well, regular readers will know Rohit Ramchandani, our Public Health Advisor. Rohit first contacted us in 2008, saying he’d […]