The story of our first Kit Yamoyo sale

Today has been eventful despite the fact that I’ve spent more than eight hours of it at the wheel of the Land Rover. We left Lusaka early this morning and arrived at the Choma Coca-Cola wholesaler just after midday. There we met Edmund Muleya the officer in charge. We hadn’t met Edmund before as we […]

How to assemble a Kit Yamoyo

At 11 o’clock this morning (9am GMT) I will be training the person at Pharmanova in the assembly of a Kit Yamoyo. He is the person who will lead the Kit Yamoyo assembly team. I’m hoping that we will get 35 done, bagged (5 per bag) and packed into a carton. This carton will be […]

Parallel processing towards the launch of the trial

ColaLife is now cooking with gas! There is so much going on as we approach the trial launch in September. All partners are working in parallel towards the launch. Yesterday (1/8/12) was day 3 of the training for the enumerators recruited by our local monitoring and evaluation partner, RuralNet, at UNZA (the University of Zambia). […]

The end of the packaging phase

This video makes the packaging process look all very simple but it’s involved months of work for our five packaging partners to get to this point and we are very grateful to them. Immediately after shooting this video I delivered the sealing machine, together with the last 6 boxes of AidPods, to our Kit Yamoyo assembly […]

Last week’s trip to Katete

It’s a long way to Katete and last time we went, we nearly failed to get there. But now I know the road through Eastern Province, and we set off early last Wednesday – this time with a reliable car, a full tank of fuel – and, for me, a comfortable bed for the night: […]

Kalomo, Siachitema and Livingstone

Last week was a good week: out on the road – on the front line, which is where I like to be. Unfortunately it’s not generally the place I should be – that’s the role of our Zambian partners, who do a much better job. However, we are setting up for the test run of […]

Building up to the test run and more

Sorry for the lack of blog posts just recently. It’s not that nothing has been happening – quite the contrary in fact. Last week alone we have collectively: delivered the approved training materials to the printers been developing the social marketing strategy designed the sampling framework for the monitoring of the trial visited Kalomo to […]

ColaLife – the documentary – can you help make it happen?

In three weeks time a young documentary maker – a post graduate of New York University – will be travelling to Zambia to make her first solo documentary. Claire Ward will follow the first  ‘Kit Yamoyo’ on a test run from Lusaka, through the Coca-Cola wholesaler in Kalomo town, and out to retailers serving mothers […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map

The image of AidPods in a Coca-Cola crate is such a strong one that many people think that is all there is to ColaLife, but there is a lot more innovation associated with ColaLife than that. The ColaLife innovation map below shows how the original idea has catalysed even more innovative thinking: Click on this […]

Milestone: Test run to produce 4g/200ml ORS sachets a success

Yesterday (10/6/12) was a momentous day for the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ). The first ever 4g sachets of ORS to be produced in Zambia came off a successfully modified machine at Pharmanova. At last, people looking after children in Zambia – in the trial areas initially – will have access to an ORS sachet designed specifically […]