Zambia takes on Kit Yamoyo

A landmark: on 6-Sep-18, almost seven years to the day since we moved to Zambia to make a simple diarrhoea treatment as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola, 27 people from 20 key Zambian projects and organisations came to discuss Kit Yamoyo – the kit of life. With over 75 people on our final report mailing list, it […]

We’ve got designs on change: 1 – Findings from our endline household survey (KYTS-ACE)

This may be a bit of a technical post, but it answers the very simple question at the heart of our work: ‘Can design improve health outcomes for children?’ We think the answer is YES.  Here is some of our emerging evidence – see if you agree! When we began work to save children’s lives by improving […]

How the ColaLife trial findings have influenced the design of Kit Yamoyo

The reasons for doing the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) were: to generate robust evidence of what works and what doesn’t; learn and improve. Following the trial, we did a root and branch review of the Kit Yamoyo design – looking again at each component including the packaging. Our key objective in this review was to […]

Design like you give a damn – the case for 200ml ORS sachets

This blog post has been gestating for a while but the contractions really started* when I read this tongue-in-cheek post – Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable – which was highlighted by Euan Semple in his Facebook timeline. This mug was one of the least-friendly designs highlighted. Image credit: Designing the least user-friendly products imaginable just for fun […]

5 immediate recommendations to reduce child mortality in Zambia

This is a call to all to comment on 5 immediate recommendations to come out of the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). We are particularly interested in whether these are compatible with iCCM. Please add your comments below or email simon@colalife.org   5 immediate recommendations to reduce childhood mortality in Zambia These actions can […]

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colalife.org/openaccess   The data contained in this blog post: Findings in this blog post are unpublished and based on initial analysis of data from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]