Archives for 2011

Zambia Diary | Day 10, Visit 2 | Logframes, World Vision and Mpika

My trip out today on a Coca-Cola truck fell through last night which was a shame but at least it meant that Jane and I could work together on the pilot design while the hints and tips from yesterday’s session with UNICEF were still fresh in our minds. It also meant that we could meet […]

Zambia Diary | Day 11, Visit 2 | Timewarp to Mpika

Stopping for fuel at the Serenje junction Soon after sunrise on Thursday morning we headed out on the road to beat the lorries – well, most of them – in a borrowed car. For us, it was a journey back in time: a 7 hour trip we first made nearly 25 years ago, with 3 […]

Zambia Diary | Day 12, Visit 2 | You couldn’t make it up . . .

Our old house in Mpika If anyone out there doesn’t believe that truth is stranger than fiction – read on . . . Safely arrived in Mpika, we had time, before darkness fell, to look around the town and our old ‘compound’, still known locally as the DDSP. We quickly found ‘our’ old house, tucked […]

Zambia Diary | Day 12 (Part 2), Visit 2 | Friday Field Trip

The last kilometre to Mpepo Rural Health Centre It takes about an hour and a half to reach Mpepo from Mpika. The Health Centre lies barely a kilometre from the tarmac road. Again we were astonished to see satellite dishes on one or two of the village houses (see above video). In Zambia, Health Centres, […]

Zambia Diary | Day 13 | Return to Lusaka from Mpika

Not much to report from today (Saturday, 29/2/11) as the day was spent returning to Lusaka from Mpika. This return journey really brought home how far Mpika is from Lusaka (and how big Zambia is). We started off at 9.10am and arrived in Lusaka at 5:50pm. We stopped in Serenje for fuel and just south […]

Zambia Diary | Day 14 | Meeting Susan

Today (Sunday, 30/1/11) is our last full day in Zambia this trip and we’ve been invited to lunch! We need to return the vehicle we used for the Mpika trip to its rightful owner so I nipped out and got it cleaned although you wouldn’t have known it half an hour later . . . it’s […]

Results framework and next steps

The foundation for a pilot in Zambia Above is the Results Framework which we developed with the help of UNICEF which I reported on earlier. We will use this the develop a Logical Framework for the pilot over the next couple of days and feed it back to potential partners for comments. The next steps towards […]

The Royal Society of Medicine, innovation and ColaLife

The Medical Innovations Programme, Royal Society of Medicine It is a great honour to be invited to contribute to the Royal Society of Medicine’s innovations programme on 24 February. Unfortunately, the event is already over-subscribed with all 150 places booked. However, the good news for ColaLife supporters, who would have liked to attend, is that […]

Ludo Lauwers, Vice Chairman of Janssen Pharmaceutica, talks about unlikely alliances

This is interesting. Around Christmas time, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Janssen Pharmaceutica, Ludo Lauwers, was interviewed by Bert Lauwers of Trends.be. Lauwers talked about the need to think out of the box and innovate by forming alliances with unlikely partners. He mentioned Microsoft, Google, General Electric, Siemens and Philips as potential collaborators of the […]

ColaLife makes it into the Buckminster Fuller ideas bank

ColaLife has made it into the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge Idea Index which was published yesterday (14/2/11). Our entry is here. This is the second year running that we have been featured and last year we made in to the semi-finals. The email informing us of this development said: We admire your commitment and truly […]