Phase 2 Community-based marketing gets underway

Seven months ago, when we started the ColaLife trial, nobody knew what a Kit Yamoyo anti-diarrhoea kit was. So the first 6 months of the community-based marking activity has been about awareness raising and the launch of a completely new product (Kit Yamoyo) into remote rural areas of Kalomo and Katete. A key tool to […]

Riot in Katete

On Wednesday night (3/4/13) night when I sat down, with mosquitos buzzing around my ears, and posted Setting up for an exciting few days in Katete, little did I know what kind of ‘excitement’ that would turn out to be. All the plans were in place to give the ColaLife Cairo to Cape Town cyclists […]

Setting up for an exciting few days in Katete

It felt like a weekend this morning as I packed my cycling stuff, put the bike rack and bike on the back of the Land Rover and set off on a six-hour drive across Zambia. But I was in fact going to work. Three hours into the drive I got a call from a number […]

Midterm survey well underway – Rohit returns to Canada

The huge undertaking that is the COTZ* midline survey is now well under way in four districts: the two intervention districts (Katete and Kalomo) and the two control districts (Petauke and Monze). In each district our partners RuralNet Associates are surveying 625 households, 45 retailers and talking to the health centres to see if our […]

A day in the field in Katete

Mothers and children (in their finest) at an under 5’s growth monitoring clinic in Mnthipa Village, Katete Today I had the pleasure to accompany the KZF staff of a field trip in Katete where we linked up with a group of women who had brought their children to an under 5s growth monitoring session. With […]

Cycling from Cairo to Cape Town for ColaLife

No, it isn’t me – well not this time anyway! A few months ago, we got one of those out-of-the-blue emails,  which always seem to come with an unrefusable offer. This time, it was the intrepid Ali and Lizzie: “We’ve done Lands End to John O’Groats and now we’re cycling across Africa – can we […]

Rohit reports on our trip to Katete on 3 December

Some of the best moments of this project occur when we least expect them, many of them in the field. This is where the real story is taking place. We had a number of these moments during our visit to Katete a couple of weeks ago (3/12/12). Now that the retailers are engaged, the promoters […]

Please join the race to win $1,000

We stand a good chance of winning $1,000 if we get the most donors on the Globalgiving site today. At the moment we are joint first and way ahead of the other competition but America is just waking up! We don’t need big donations just small amounts from lots of people! Please support us if […]

Wonderful day in Katete

I’m just back from a very inspiring day in Katete – one of the two districts we are running the ColaLife trial (COTZ) in. I travelled  with three colleagues: Elias Lungu (the KZF project officer in Katete); Albert Saka (KZF, Lusaka) and Rohit Ramchandani (ColaLife‘s Public Health Adviser and the Primary Investigator for COTZ). We […]

A day in the field in Katete

I’m just back from a day in the field in Katete and wanted to share some of my observations. These are just observations at the moment, not evidence. You’ll have wait for the midline survey for the first evidence to emerge. We visited 13 registered retailer,s and a 14th who we would like to recruit, […]