The five major stakeholders that affect the sickle cell anemia project are the suppliers, investors, regulatory bodies, society, and the employees/vendors. The suppliers will be our source to get the test strips developed and delivered after the research has been completed. Obviously the suppliers will be getting paid to produce and deliver these devices. By getting involved in this project they have the potential to be apart of a very successful business. If the test strips take off and are determined to be incredibly useful in Sierra Leone the product will be in high demand and the suppliers business will have increase ultimately making them more money. Similarly the investors, who will be providing money to get the product up in running, will want to see the product succeed because the more successful the device is the more money they will get back. The regulatory bodies in Sierra Leone are equivalent to the FDA in the US. Their job is to insure our device is safe to use, will produce the results the device guarantees and will truly benefit the community. The regulatory bodies have to be involved and are the ones who decide if our device gets out onto the market. If the regulatory bodies approve the sickle cell device they are putting their reputation on the line and trust in the device and that it will not harm anyone specifically or the society as a whole. People trust that regulatory bodies have their best interests in mind, therefore, if we get their approval we will be one step closer to implementing the device as a common medical test in Sierra Leone. Not only does the society trust that the regulatory bodies have their best interest in mind but they trust that we have their best interest in mind. They are trusting us to create and provide a device that works and solves the issue of not being able to test for sickle cell anemia easily. If the people of Sierra Leone accept the device and believe that the test is helping society the device will be very successful. If the people of Sierra Leone dont accept the device it will be incredibly difficult to implement the test into the society. The employees/vendors will be the final stakeholder that will be apart of the sickle cell anemia project. Like the regulatory bodies the employees (CHWs, doctors) who will be administering the test are putting their reputation on the line and their trust in our device (that it will work). If the employees/vendors believe in the device they are more likely to tell their patients that they need to get tested (using our device). Their patients, the people of Sierra Leone, trust and respect the CHWs and doctors and will generally follow their advice. By having the employees/vendors behind the sickle cell test strip, the device has the potential to be very successful. These five stakeholders, suppliers, investors, regulatory bodies, society, and the employees/vendors are crucial parts of the sickle cell anemia project. Without their backing and support the sickle cell test strip will not be successful.
The sickle cell anemia project will be validated and will build its credibility by laying out the benefits of having a diagnosis, receiving support from NGOs on the ground and telling true stories of people who could have benefited from a sickle cell anemia test strip. In order to lay out the benefits of having a diagnosis we must first explain how not having a diagnosis has affected society. By providing the statistics of the amount of people who suffer from sickle cell anemia (world wide and then specifically Sierra Leone) and ultimately die from the disease the numbers will establish a sense of urgency. Statistics around how many people die without knowing they had the disease and how many of those people could have survived if they had known and received the correct treatment should also be provided. These statistics will appeal to a person’s emotions and will ultimately validate the project. The next step in validating the project and enhancing our credibility would be to get established NGOs on board with the project. By receiving support from accredited, trusted companies their reputations will help our project gain respect and will give us credibility by association. Finally, by providing stories of people who could have benefited from a sickle cell test strip we will again establish a sense of urgency and will appeal to a person’s emotions. By appealing to one’s emotions a person gets more involved/attached to the project. By rallying support behind the project our credibility will build. In conclusion, we can validate our project and enhance our credibility by aying out the benefits of having a diagnosis, receiving support from NGOs on the ground and telling true stories of people who could have benefited from a sickle cell anemia test strip.