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 […]

I want to tell you a story about a mother | Rohit Ramchandani on ColaLife at TEDxYouth Toronto

Here’s a great take on ColaLife presented by our own Public Health Adviser and Primary Investigator for the COTZ Trial in Zambia – Rohit Ramchandani: View the presentation on YouTube. ColaLife has now been presented at five TEDx events: TEDx Berlin – 15/11/10 – if you want to watch another presentation then this is the one! […]

ColaLife wins Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) Stars in Global Health award

ColaLife is delighted to announce that we’ve been selected as recipients of a Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) Stars in Global Health award. So, who is our Star in Global Health? And where does Canada come in? Well, regular readers will know Rohit Ramchandani, our Public Health Advisor. Rohit first contacted us in 2008, saying he’d […]

ColaLife on the BBC World Service – 22/11/12

This is an interview with ColaLife’s Public Health Adviser, Rohit Ramchandani, that went out on the Newsday programme on 22/11/12 at around 5:40 GMT      

Parallel processing towards the launch of the trial

ColaLife is now cooking with gas! There is so much going on as we approach the trial launch in September. All partners are working in parallel towards the launch. Yesterday (1/8/12) was day 3 of the training for the enumerators recruited by our local monitoring and evaluation partner, RuralNet, at UNZA (the University of Zambia). […]

Evaluating ColaLife Operational Trial Zambia – COTZ

[The following article was written by Rohit Ramchandani & Jane Berry and was published this week in UNICEF’s internal M&E Newsletter EvalNews. It looks at the issues we have faced designing the evaluation framework for the ColaLife Trial in Zambia (COTZ)] COTZ is funded by DfID, J&J Corporate Citizenship Trust, COMESA and Honda with in-kind […]

Please vote for ColaLife in Canada’s Grand Challenges

Through the efforts of Rohit Ramchandani (pictured on his last trip to Zambia in April/May this year), ColaLife’s public health adviser, we are being considered for a Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars in Global Health award and we need your help! The public is being asked to vote on their favorite applications/ideas which can be […]

The pre-trial bureaucratic phase

  Apologies for the lack of blog posts lately. There is a lot happening but, if I’m frank, a lot of it is not very exciting. We are in a necessary, but rather dull bureaucratic phase as we try to get the last bits and pieces in place to start the trial. We have confirmation […]

Zambia Diary | Days 6-7, Visit 3 | SABMiller, Jhpiego, DfID and Partners Meeting

We have another couple of interesting days to report on, so here goes. On Wednesday (18/5/11) we arrived at SABMiller ten minutes early for our meeting and as we went into the reception I put my phone to silent. 40 minutes later we were still in reception. We’d sort of lost track of time as […]

Intercontinental collaboration | Mash-up of the month

Picture the scene. People on three continents are lining themselves up for a telephone conference that took a while to set up given the time differences and availability of the various parties. But at last the time comes. It’s 8am at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, it’s 2pm at the UNICEF HQ in Lusaka, […]