Archives for March 2013

It’s the value chain stupid!

Private sector people with supply chain experience will chuckle when they read this. It will be so obvious to them. But it’s not obvious to the rest of us. This is just one example of how public private partnerships are so helpful. What’s obvious to someone from the private sector may not be obvious to […]

Could the private sector supply remote rural health posts in Zambia?

Back in June (27/6/12), on our first visit to see Zambia’s Minister of Health, the Hon Dr Kasonde, to brief him on ColaLife, he asked us to consider how some of the thinking behind ColaLife could be applied to the problem of supplying Health Posts. Health Posts are the first level of contact between the […]

Trailer for ColaLife Documentary released

Here it is, the 60 sec trailer for The Cola Road, the 40 minute documentary on ColaLife. The filmaker, Claire Ward, describes the film as follows: For years, it has baffled visitors to developing countries: Coca-Cola is everywhere, but basic medicines are not. This year, Zambia has become the first African country to embrace ColaLife, an […]

ColaLife featured in The Mail on Sunday – credit where credit is due

We are very pleased with this coverage in The Mail on Sunday about our nomination for Designs of the Year 2013 but I’d like to expand on it a bit. As the ‘front man’ for ColaLife I tend to get all the recognition which is not entirely fair! The idea of piggy-backing essential medicines on […]

Designs of the Year 2013 | ColaLife gets a high profile

The Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition opened yesterday (20/3/13) and we would have loved to have been there. The next best thing was watching the #designsoftheyear tweets. It wasn’t long before photos of the ColaLife exhibit came through (isn’t social media wonderful?). The first from @Clerkenwell2013  and the second by @dfid_innovation who said: novel partnership, […]

Our concept for the distribution of medicines by rural retailers plays out in real life

In November 2012 the rural health centres in Kalomo District in Zambia had not received ORS for several months due to a lack of stock at national level. In January, I visited one of these health centres and asked the Clinical Officer in charge if she’d received any ORS yet. She said they had received […]

The Saturday Review discuss Designs of the Year 2013

Here’s a discussion of the Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at The Design Museum that was part of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Review programme hosted by Tom Sutcliffe with guests David Schneider, Ekow Eshun and Kathryn Hughes. The discussion is topped and tailed with mentions of ColaLife. The full programme can be downloaded from the BBC […]

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 […]