Cholera and Chlorine – two stories from Zambia

Here are two stories written by me, as an outsider looking in, as a vaccination campaign starts in Zambia to control the Cholera outbreak that started in Feb-16.   1. The Chlorine story Ruth adds Chlorine to water to make it safe to drink at home in Chigwilizano Village in Kafue District, Zambia Image credit: […]

Visiting UNICEF Supply Division, Copenhagen

  Back in Mar-14 our trial partner UNICEF Zambia invited us to their office in Lusaka to meet visitors from the UNICEF Supply Division in Copenhagen. We described the work we were doing to Rudolf Schwenk who asked us to contact him once we were back in the UK so that we could present our work […]

ORS at work – incredible pictures from Egypt in 1983

It is so hard to communicate just how effective ORS is at treating dehydration but these rare images say it all. The images have just been published by the BBC as part of this excellent article on the origins of ORS which includes quotes with one of its inventors, Dr Norbert Hirschhorn. The caption on the first […]

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 […]

Final Steering Committee Meeting

This afternoon we had the final steering committee meeting of the ColaLife Trial. It was chaired by Dr Chizema a director at the Ministry of Health and attended by the other key Ministry of Community Development, Mother & Child Health and a dozen or so key NGOs. It was an energizing affair. UNICEF presented the […]

The COTZ Network Diagram

We are to be the subject of a Masters Thesis looking at social innovation, complexity theory and leadership. Don’t ask me anymore because I don’t know but it does sound very interesting and I am sure that what is produced will add to our understanding of how to help others in other countries pick up […]

Child mortality figures published – glass half-full or half empty?

Are you a glass half-full or a glass half-empty person? I’m definitely the ‘half-full’ type. You’ll not find many pictures of miserable children on this blog, I prefer to take an optimistic approach and think that it’s better to ‘look on the bright side’. However, I find I just can’t be a ‘glass half-full’ person […]

Is it right to sell ORS to poor people when they could make their own?

[Guest post by Jane Berry with technical support from Rohit Ramchandani] We’re occasionally asked, sometimes quite assertively, why we are encouraging poor mothers and care-givers to spend what little cash they have on a Kit Yamoyo, which contains commercially produced oral rehydration salts (ORS) sachets, when a simple recipe of salt, sugar and water (Sugar-Salt […]

Evaluating ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia – COTZ

[The following article was written by Rohit Ramchandani & Jane Berry and was published this week in UNICEF’s internal M&E Newsletter EvalNews. It looks at the issues we have faced designing the evaluation framework for the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ)] COTZ is funded by DfID, J&J Corporate Citizenship Trust, COMESA and Honda with in-kind […]

From AidPod to Anti-Diarrhoea Kit (ADK)

Apologies for all the posts recently about packaging. It is a major focus at the moment but it’ll soon pass! I thought it would be useful to describe how the packaging and the components have now come together to form the anti-diarrhoea kit (ADK). Until the start of the set-up period of the trial we […]