Archives for 2014

Some of the ColaLife key milestones in pictures | 1985 to Dec-13

Happy New Year to all of our supporters. I’ve finally taken time out to pull together some of the ColaLife key milestones and lay them out on a timeline in Powerpoint. This timeline runs from 1985 when the ColaLife idea was born through to Dec-13 when we started to move from trial to scale-up. Please […]

Yay! How we are using our MOOlah

Prototype training cards by MOO (sorry, the picture does not do justice to the beauty of these cards!) It was an honour in 2012 to win the MOO Award and it raised the profile of ColaLife significantly. When the award was announced visits to our website increased five-fold. As well as receiving a cash prize of […]

450 turn out at Waterloo University for The Cola Road screening

The biggest ever audience turned out on 16-Jan-14 at the University of Waterloo to hear presentation by our very own Rohit Ramchandani on ColaLife and watch the award-winning ColaLife Documentary – The Cola Road. Missed it? Don’t worry it’s screening again right next door at The GreenHouse, St Paul’s University College, Waterloo, Ontario on 11-Feb-14. Please book […]

Designing for better Zinc adherence

Regular readers will know that Kit Yamoyo, which we designed and distributed through the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) did a great job of applying design thinking to make Oral Rehydration Salts easier for mothers to use in their home. We put a lot of effort into understanding the needs and circumstances of carers […]

A reminder of our open source approach – get free access to our trial results and associated learning

Everything ColaLife is learning and designing is available for free to organisations*. We are following an open source methodology to the sharing of our findings so that we can have as big an impact as possible, as quickly as possible. ColaLife’s approach for global impact is to influence the strategies of the existing big players […]

Seven of the headline findings from the ColaLife trial in Zambia

colalife.org/openaccess   The data contained in this blog post: Findings in this blog post are unpublished and based on initial analysis of data from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). Final calculations may vary and will be published in peer reviewed literature in due course. In the interim, the following citation may be used: […]

FREE Screening: The Cola Road, 13 March, Nesta, London

The award-winning independent film about our work, The Cola Road, is coming to London – so put Thursday 13th March, 6:30 pm, in your diary! Jane and I will be getting off a plane that morning, and will be there for the screening and Q & A session afterwards. View The Cola Road trailer on […]

Scale-up cranks up | Lusaka wholesalers in place

Apologies for the fall in blogging rate. There’s been less than one a week since 1-Jan-14. For the moment blogging time has been swallowed up supporting requests to access our trial findings through our open access initiative. But that’s OK as it’s probably our most important dissemination activity right now. If you’d like access to […]

Probably the most productive day so far

We had some very bad news late last night on the funding front which punches a massive hole in our scale-up plans, which I will blog about later, but that’s been followed by the most productive and exciting day so far. 9:00 Called our agent to check on progress of the clearing through customs of […]

Grand Challenges Canada say “no”

The downside of the commitment to blog in an open and transparent way is that you have to be the purveyor of bad news as well as good. Here’s some bad news. On Wednesday night at 9:30pm Zambia time we got a call from Grand Challenges Canada to say that our bid to them for […]