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 […]

ColaLife – the documentary – can you help make it happen?

In three weeks time a young documentary maker – a post graduate of New York University – will be travelling to Zambia to make her first solo documentary. Claire Ward will follow the first  ‘Kit Yamoyo’ on a test run from Lusaka, through the Coca-Cola wholesaler in Kalomo town, and out to retailers serving mothers […]

Testing, testing, 123 testing

The testing processes that PI Global have put into place for the AidPod have been extensive and thorough. 1 Selection of the sealing film Firstly, four different sealing films were heat-sealed to the AidPod and then subjected to under-water pressure tests. The pressure was reduced  to -300mB and held for 1 minute to stress the […]

The ColaLife Office, 11 Katemo Road, Lusaka

This is just a quick note to register the fact that we’ve hit another milestone and have moved into our new office at 11 Katemo Road, Lusaka. We are being hosted by TMSA, a programme of COMESA our accountable body. It feels slightly strange. This is the first office I’ve worked in since leaving Defra […]

Chongwe, Luangwa, Nyimba, Petauke and Katete

Note to self . . . never leave Lusaka with anything less than a full tank of fuel. I’m always up for a bit of excitement, but our trip to Eastern Province this week proved a little more exciting than is comfortable – on various fronts. If you’d like to share some of the sights, […]