Order confirmed for 452,000 ORS and Zinc co-pack kits

ORS and Zinc co-pack for distribution by the Ministry of Health, Zambia On 20-Mar-15 we made a significant step towards reaching our goal of improving access to, and use of, ORS and zinc for the treatment of diarrhoea. Our pharmaceutical partner in Zambia, Pharmanova, got its first public sector order to supply of 452,000 co-packs, […]

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 […]

The Zambia Report – Nov-14

We are now back in the UK after a great 3 weeks in Zambia. So much happened, it felt we were there for 3 months. This blog post contains the details – the good things and the bad: The not so good (bad) Assembly of Kit Yamoyo by Pharmanova stopped in Oct-14 due to a […]

A Sneak Peek at the 2014 Zambia Demographic Health Survey (DHS)

During the course of our trial (August 2012-August 2013) we received word that Zambia would be undertaking its 6th Standard Demographic Health Survey (DHS). The Demographic Health Surveys are nationally representative household surveys that provide data for a wide range of monitoring and impact evaluation indicators in the areas of population, health, and nutrition. They […]

Simon & Jane to return to the UK as funding bids fail

I wouldn’t normally put pictures of Jane and me on the blog but this is a special occasion. Jane and I will be leaving the lovely Zambia on 30-Jun-14 as we have been unsuccessful in raising the funding we need for the Kit Yamoyo 3-year scale-up plan. Ever since the surprise decision of Grand Challenges […]

Kit Yamoyo featured at “Best Buys In Global Health” event

Last week (19-Mar-14), ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo was featured at the Best Buys in Global Health event hosted at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. The event was held in partnership with PATH, PSI, DEVEX and Merck for Mothers, and marked the launch of the Spring edition of PSI’s Impact Magazine, “The Best Buys […]

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 […]

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 Steering Committee Meeting

This afternoon we had the final steering committee meeting of the ColaLife Trial. It was chaired by Dr Chizema a director at the Ministry of Health and attended by the other key Ministry of Community Development, Mother & Child Health and a dozen or so key NGOs. It was an energizing affair. UNICEF presented the […]

Gearing up for the scale-up with revised training materials

I spent a large part of Friday (22-Nov-13) doing what I like best – making things. Based on our experience with the trial Jane has been re-thinking our training materials for the scale-up (KYTS). We envisaged that the training materials developed for COTZ would be used for retailer and promoter training and then cascaded down […]