Seeking experts on reducing infectious disease in Southeast Asian factories

Client:
Janssen (a J&J company)
Budget:
20000
Industry:
Life science/Healthcare

CHALLENGE DESCRIPTION

Garment factory workers in Southeast Asia have high rates of infectious disease. The project should develop an out-of-the-box approach to remedy the situation.

The reasons why are generally understood as related to economic hardship and low wages, readily understandable cultural factors/differences including hygiene and infrastructure challenges, combined with industry practices that deemphasize hygiene and individualized worker attention (commonly known as the debate on “sweatshops”). But is it that simple?

The novelty of proposed solutions might lie in the incentive structure or technological or social devices, methods or behavior change inducing business models proposed. The team should not shy away from suggesting controversial approaches that question conventional wisdom or political balancing acts.

to Yegii's platform. For this project, which could have a major impact on the situation for garment factory workers, we are looking for individuals to compete with brief, written contributions. You would eventually form a team composed of a variety of professional backgrounds and perspectives, ranging from private to public sector, young to more experienced public health, policy, and other experts, consultants, medical personnel, industry professionals, technologists, communicators, academics, government, and IGO/NGO-personnel with Southeast Asia experience, insight, or access, particularly in the adolescent girl segment. A minimum of one of the team members is expected to have strong project/consulting management experience.

The team is asked to come up with the best ways to gather necessary data to provide a path-breaking shift in approach which the client could be able to implement in collaboration with local governments, businesses, as well as the Foundation and donor community on the ground (or alternatively suggest working through/with an entirely new subset of actors which would have to be further defined).

NB: The max. compensation per team member is $5000 up to a max of $20,000 if the challenge is awarded to a 4 person team. Whilst they/you are free to compete to join and contribute to the team solution, no government officials or practicing physicians may receive payment as part of this project.

How to get involved
To become involved, one must follow two simple steps. The first is to register and identify your experience as an expert on the Yegii platform here. The second step is to submit an initial online response here to the easier question: What are the key factors affecting the quality of life of garment factory workers in Southeast Asia?

About Yegii
Making consulting scalable, data driven, and virtual by clustering brain capacity and innovation analytics, Yegii is the definitive resource for industries re-shaped by emerging technology, policy, user dynamics or business models. During the research phase, the chosen expert team will have access to Yegii’s to state-of-the art knowledge discovery tool where industry reports can be stored, analyzed and displayed. For more info on our process for solving challenges and engaging experts, consult Yegii's website.

About Janssen (the client)
Janssen Global Services LLC consists of more than 30,000 people working hard to prevent, treat, cure and stop some of the most devastating and complex diseases of our time. Janssen is the pharmaceutical arm of the multinational life science giant Johnson & Johnson, which operates in 60 countries, has 126,500 employees and $74.3 Bn in revenue (2014).

Deadline: Monday, December 21 , 2015
Question:
What are the key factors affecting the quality of life of garment factory workers in Southeast Asia? Briefly, using 2-3 paragraphs, sketch some observations.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Question:
What are the three best data sources on the health of garment factory workers in Southeast Asia? Alternatively, you may briefly sketch what you see as the three best methods that should be used to investigate the problem.

Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016
Question:
In a deeply researched and annotated slide deck, briefly summarize available research on the reasons why garment factory workers in Southeast Asia have high rates of infectious disease. Recommend how to remedy the situation. gather necessary data to provide a path-breaking shift in approach which the client could be able to implement in collaboration with local governments, businesses, as well as the Foundation and donor community on the ground (or alternatively suggest working through/with an entirely new subset of actors which would have to be further defined). Should the approach focus on the hardest hit sub-groups or the hardest to reach? What are the related trade-offs?