An overview of our scale-up plan – KYTS – our approach

In our last blog post we outlined our aspiration to move seamlessly from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ) to a national scale-up which we are calling the KYTS Project (Kit Yamoyo Transition to Scale Project) and we explained how we intended to achieve this. This blog post describes the overall approach we intend to […]

Moving from trial to scale-up – the transition from COTZ to KYTS

Since our midline survey (6 months into the trial) in Mar-13 indicated that our work was having positive impacts, we have been developing a plan to move to a national scale-up. A key objective here was to keep the flow of kits going into the trial areas where mothers and care-givers have started to rely […]

Our learning journey so far and accusations of failure and abandonment

Media channels are slowly picking up on what we are learning from the ColaLife trial in Zambia and there have been a range of reactions – from broadsheet to tabloid in that order. The backdrop to this is that the use of the unused space in Coca-Cola crates is not the enabler we thought it […]

Getting people to wash their hands is difficult but can a product help?

We know from our own experience in the UK that getting people to wash their hands – in hospitals for example – is an uphill struggle. The rise in hospital-acquired infections and MRSA is a sad testament to this. But have you noticed how techniques used in UK hospitals have changed in recent over the years? The […]

Kit Yamoyo sales fall as vouchers are withdrawn

Our aim in the COTZ trial has always been to test private sector market-based approaches to distributing a new anti-diarrhoea kit (Kit Yamoyo). That was the model that our Zambian partners proposed and preferred – including the Ministry of Health. They wanted a ‘trade-not-aid’ model – and we agreed – although we have been able […]