Kit Yamoyo on Shoprite shelves

It was very heartening to have received these pictures over the last couple of days of Kit Yamoyo on the shelves of Shoprite stores in Mongu and Chipata. Somehow, seeing Kit Yamoyo on the shelves, with its own label, gives it the legitimacy it deserves! Image credits: Akufuna Ngenda (Mongu) and Elias Lungu (Chipata) Mongu is 612 km […]

Simon Berry talks to George Phiri of Hone FM 94.1

Yesterday (25-Nov-15) morning I participated in an hour-long radio programme with colleagues from Pharmanova and Keepers Zambia Foundation on Hone FM 94.1 in Lusaka. Our host was George Phiri and the subject was kit Yamoyo. Here’s a clip that George sent me. The context is that at the end of the programme George asked us all […]

DfID support for Lusaka scale-up confirmed

We are very pleased to confirm that the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) will be the majority funder of the Kit Yamoyo Scale-up in Lusaka Province, Zambia. The project is called KYTS-LUSAKA (Kit Yamoyo Transition to Scale in Lusaka). This is a significant milestone for ColaLife and comes two years after the end of […]

The Zambia Report – May-15

What’s the best way to fulfil our plan to hand over responsibility for Kit Yamoyo to local organisations? With scale-up finally getting underway, we decided that a trip to Zambia once a quarter, with remote support in between, would offer the best chance of success. We were last there in Jan/Feb-15 (as reported here). By the […]

The Zambia Report – Feb-15

We are now back from a great 4 weeks in Zambia. It was eventful. This blog post contains the headlines – both the Top Ten Good News stories and Bottom Six Bad! Jane and I arrived at Lusaka airport within 30 minutes of each other from two different directions. Jane had travelled direct from the […]

ColaLife arrives back in Zambia

On Wednesday (29-Oct-14) as we left Dubai on the second leg of our return trip to Zambia, I swapped the SIM in my phone so that I would be online the moment we touched down in Lusaka. Sure enough, shortly after the plane’s tyres hit the tarmac my phone sprang into action. What happened next […]

Scale-up cranks up | Lusaka wholesalers in place

Apologies for the fall in blogging rate. There’s been less than one a week since 1-Jan-14. For the moment blogging time has been swallowed up supporting requests to access our trial findings through our open access initiative. But that’s OK as it’s probably our most important dissemination activity right now. If you’d like access to […]

Final survey kicks off – feelings of slight relief

Last week the trial’s Principal Investigator, Rohit Ramchandani arrived in Zambia to oversee the final survey of the trial. This blog post has been put together using pictures from last week’s training of enumerators and notes sent in by Rohit following the first couple of days in the field in Katete District. It’s incredible that […]

ColaLife Cairo to Cape Town Cyclists pass through Zambia

Before the excitement of Product Design of the Year award took over our lives, it was lovely to play host to two amazing people – Ali and Lizzie – as they cycled through Zambia on their way from Cairo to Cape Town. Their target is to raise £10,000 for three charities which mean a lot […]

Whistle stop trip to the UK

I got back to Lusaka yesterday after a packed speaking and meeting tour in the UK, taking in London and Norwich. It’s great to be back in my blogging seat at my blogging desk. I gave three presentations while in the UK (9/2/13 University of East Anglia (UEA); 11/2/13 Health and Private Sector Advisers at […]