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colalife.org/openaccess   The data contained in this blog post: Findings in this blog post are unpublished and based on initial analysis of data from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 COTZ Network Diagram

We are to be the subject of a Masters Thesis looking at social innovation, complexity theory and leadership. Don’t ask me anymore because I don’t know but it does sound very interesting and I am sure that what is produced will add to our understanding of how to help others in other countries pick up […]

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 […]

Kit Yamoyo packaging – looking to the future

ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo has really captured the world’s imagination. Users in poor villages in Zambia, who helped us in the design process, really like it and so do top designers, philanthropists, judges of ethics, public health and international development specialists. In the 12-month trial retailers bought 25,000 of them. Last month the Kit Yamoyo was […]

The Cola Road UK Premier | Introduction and Q&A

Courtesy of The RSA, here is a recording of the introduction and the Q&A session that followed the UK premiere of the ColaLife documentary – The Cola Road – on 23/10/13 in London. Listen on SoundCloud The introduction is by Andy Chapman, the ColaLife Chair of trustees. The Q&A panel Chairman is Peter Day, the BBC’s Global […]