From Crate to Community: Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) and ColaLife

After almost a year of planning, the Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) Evidence Review Symposium came to a close in Accra, Ghana last week. I’ve just returned to Toronto after having presented as part of the Supply Chain Management Panel and sharing our preliminary findings from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ). There was […]

Seven of the headline findings from the ColaLife trial in Zambia   The data contained in this blog post: Findings in this blog post are unpublished and based on initial analysis of data from the ColaLife Operational Trial in Zambia (COTZ).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: […]

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 […]

Getting the syphon going

We are at a very exciting – albeit nerve-wracking – place just now right at the start of the trial. The situation we were in a few weeks ago, after our visit to see Chief Siachitema, is a really good metaphor for the situation we find ourselves in right now. Let me explain. As we […]

Demand-driven distribution chains – Step 1: Create a desirable product

I have written before about supply-led versus demand-driven distribution systems. ColaLife is seeking to demonstrate that you can establish a demand-driven system which will pull a public health commodity into remote rural communities in Zambia. The tweet-sized version of this hypothesis goes like this: “You can get a product or service to anywhere in the […]

Supply chain theory in 140 characters

One of the good things about Twitter is that in concentrates the mind. Can you get your thought, your hypothesis, your joke or witticism down to just 140 characters? As we’ve got deeper and deeper into the ColaLife project a hypothesis has been developing about supply chains. I’ve been trying to get this hypothesis down to 140 […]