Archives for 2013

Top 10 achievements in 2013

2009’s top 10 | 2010’s top 10 | 2011’s  top 10 | 2012’s top 10 Mother and child leave the shop of a Kit Yamoyo retailer in rural Kalomo.  Image credit: Claire Ward 1. Completed the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) When we started the ColaLife trial in Sep-12, no child in our trial areas was receiving […]

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 […]

ColaLife joins the GREAT Britain stable of British Innovations

We are very proud to be a part of the GREAT Britain campaign which showcases the very best of what Britain has to offer, particularly to those who want to do business with the UK, visit or study there. We have been chosen for the campaign by DfID and we are very pleased we are […]

The India Report

Arriving in India is a shock to the senses. All of them. I flew into Kochi from Uganda via Ethiopia and Mumbai and India hits you immediately. In Uganda, the driving was pretty scary but it has nothing on India. Here,there is no margin for error with motorbikes, cars and lorries gliding and lurching and […]

The Uganda Report

I have been very fortunate to have spent the week with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) team in Kampala on a knowledge/ideas exchange visit. The visit was made possible because of a mutual interest in access to ORS and Zinc for diarrhoea treatment and a lot of goodwill on the part of several people. […]

Gearing up for the scale-up with revised training materials

I spent a large part of Friday (22-Nov-13) doing what I like best – making things. Based on our experience with the trial Jane has been re-thinking our training materials for the scale-up (KYTS). We envisaged that the training materials developed for COTZ would be used for retailer and promoter training and then cascaded down […]

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 […]

What Plum Neasmith did for ColaLife

Do you buy original art? Are you moving house and need more than a few posters to hang on the wall? If you do or are, then please visit ArtPlatform, a brilliant initiative founded by Nicole Herbert. ArtPlatform is a market place for art that also supports selected charities. The way it works is that artists […]

DfID Zambia say “yes” to ColaLife Scale-up Plan

We are delighted to announce that DfID Zambia (the UK’s Department for International Development in Zambia) have committed, ahead of other donors, to fund ColaLife’s activities in Zambia until the end of Jun-14. This is fantastic news as it ensures one of our key objectives, that there should be a ‘no-gap’ transition from the current […]

The framework of our scale-up plan – KYTS

This is the third and final blog post describing our scale-up plans. The first looked at how we intend to move from the current trial (COTZ) to the scale-up while continuing the flow of kits into the trial areas. The second described the approach we are taking to the scale-up itself and this one looks […]