Retailers buy by the box full

When we were designing the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ), we agonised over the unit of sale to retailers. We had some information on the working capital that remote, rural retailers had. But not much. We finally settled on a pack size of one bag of 5 kits as the unit of sale to a […]

Gladys Imasiku explains how the Kit Yamoyo has affected her work at Kalonda Rural Health Centre

I have reported before that staff at the rural health centres within the trial areas are saying that fewer mothers are reporting to them with children with diarrhoea. In short, diarrhoea cases have gone down leaving staff to deal with more complex issues. This is of course anecdotal at the moment but we hope to have […]

It’s the value chain stupid!

Private sector people with supply chain experience will chuckle when they read this. It will be so obvious to them. But it’s not obvious to the rest of us. This is just one example of how public private partnerships are so helpful. What’s obvious to someone from the private sector may not be obvious to […]

Trailer for ColaLife Documentary released

Here it is, the 60 sec trailer for The Cola Road, the 40 minute documentary on ColaLife. The filmaker, Claire Ward, describes the film as follows: For years, it has baffled visitors to developing countries: Coca-Cola is everywhere, but basic medicines are not. This year, Zambia has become the first African country to embrace ColaLife, an […]

The ColaLife Innovation Map – Take 2

I have written about the ColaLife Innovation Map before but it is time for an update. Peter Drucker, the late, famous American management consultant, educator, and author once said: “When a new venture does succeed, more often than not it is in a market other than the one it was originally intended to serve, with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]