Decisions in Paradise IIAs described in the previous paper, Decisions in Paradise: Part I, Kava is currently facing several issues on the island and is in need of assistanceIdentify the causes of the problemsThe first major cause of the problem is the natural disasters that hit this island. These natural disasters can destroy the people, land, crops and cause petroleum spill. A large petroleum spill or fire could do very serious damage to the island and this affect the people and economy. The other cause of the problem is the 50% of the population is younger than 15 years old. Since Alex never mentioned anything about the education system, I assume that these young adults are not educated. Without an education, it would be difficult for them find any professional job. Without decent job, they will not be able to help to develop and strengthen Kava's future economy.
In additions, the government is the cause of the problems as well because either they are not doing enough or not knowledgeable with what needs to be done for the island; otherwise, Kava would not have required Nihon, Inc.'s
assistance. Although languages can cause a problem; however, language will not be a major issue for the company. Since Nihon, Inc. is a global organization, it has many affiliate offices around the world such as Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin American. The company can assign a couple employees from each of these countries to assist Alex and me with the communication.
Frame alternativesAlex and I proposed a plan to Chris Morales to let him aware what is needed and a budget to begin rebuilding and reconstruction the island; for example, humanitarian aid, temporary housing, disaster prevention, education, training and clinical study trial.
Because of the U.S. government not being prepare for the Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many people were left without food and water. Food and water are the essential necessities for people to survive. Nihon, Inc. will work with organizations such as World Food Programme (WFP) or Worldwide Disaster Aid (WDA) to establish a location on Kava to receive donations such as food, water, medical supplies, and clothing for the people (wikipedia, 2007).
Setting up temporary shelter is important as well. Many people had nowhere to go when Hurricane Katrina hit. Luckily, they were able to use the Louisiana Superdome as a temporary shelter. Having temporary shelter will provide safety for the people during natural disaster. The company can work with prefabricated trailers manufacturers to get a cheap price or the company can request a donation from the U.S government.
Aside from basic needs, disaster prevention is primary consideration in the rebuilding phase. With the assistant from Kava's government and military, we can work together to set up a warning systems that will alert the islanders before any disaster strikes.
In addition, setting up training and education system for the people especially the young adults are crucial. With the potential natural disasters, training in such as emergency response and volunteer work is vital for the people of Kava. Moreover, if Nihon, Inc. is going to help to create strong economic environment for Kava, the young adults need to be educated because they will be the future employees of Nihon, Inc. and the future of Kava.
Furthermore, Nihon, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company; it would be a good idea to do a clinical study trial on HIV/AIDS and avian flu. The company can start with a Phase I of the study to see if it works. If the result is positive, the company can continue with Phase II which key focus will be mostly the unhealthy population. If the clinical trial continues to provide positive results on the drug and it gets approved, it would be tremendous help to the patients and their families. This will benefit the company as well because the company will be able to continue to do research on future clinical studies.
Evaluate impacts of alternativesAs Alex and I evaluate the impacts of our alternatives, we consider the pros and cons of each alternative. Working with humanitarian organizations, setting up disasters warning system, educations, and training will not only benefit Kava but Chris Morales as well because it will be good public relations for the company. In addition, doing a clinical study will help the island's patients and doctors' financial problem because the company pays them to participate in the study.
Although, doing a clinical study will help the financial burden for some families and eventually develop a cure; however, it takes time to conduct a study. The study can takes from one to seven years depending on the clinical results. In addition, there is no guarantee that the drug will get approve. Furthermore, we consider religions and cultures of the people as well. How do they feel having a foreign company conducting a study on the island? Are these people open-minded? Is it against their religion?Make the decisionAs Alex mentioned to me previously, Chris Morales had a deep-seeded commitment to doing what is right. Chris Morales's mission is to give first thought to patients and their families. Helping the citizen of Kava is his number one priority. Therefore, Alex and I decided to focus on helping the people get back on their feet first. Once people believe that they are safe and ready to go back to their normal lives, we will be able to move forward with our plan to rebuild Kava. We decided the first step is to fix the office so that we can use the office. We then work with humanitarian organizations, Kava's citizen, and helping organizations to clean up the mess on the island and start rebuilding Kava. Furthermore, Chris Morales will select a clinical study team to begin researching new drugs for HIV/AID and avian flu.
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