Johnson & Johnson Indonesia - Industry Coalition Meeting to End Tuberculosis

“Joining Forces to Combat a Common Public Health Threat”

The Challenge

Tuberculosis is making a comeback. After declining for more than a century, Tuberculosis resurrected in the mid 1980s in some countries and the World Health Organization has called it a global emergency. Since 1998, the term “High Burden Country” (HBC) became more familiar and is widely used within the context of TB. WHO has designated Indonesia a “high burden country” amongst 22 countries which together account for about 80% of world’s TB infection. The Global Tuberculosis Report 2016 indicated that there were 330,729 total cases notified in Indonesia in 2015. Of which 75% from the total TB patients in Indonesia are in the productive age. 

There are consistent evidences that prove the association of smoking and indoor pollution with the incidence of TB. Thus it seemed logical to look at industrial pollution for similar relation. This was the reason that pushed Johnson & Johnson to initiate a coalition meeting, and ID COMM was asked to facilitate and ensure that the event was a strategic milestone in combatting the negative effects of TB.

Our Approach

Johnson and Johnson Indonesia expected that future coalition meetings amid various industry sectors would result in comprehensive socialization and education about TB epidemic in Indonesia that are closely related with each industry’s capacity. The meeting would also accommodate each industry to share about the challenges they faced and initiatives they took to overcome the given challenges or even to give recommendations for supporting “the TB end strategy”. Subsequently, the goal was to synchronize the perception in regards to the urgency of prevention and curation of TB in Indonesia and to encourage the industries in joining the TB coalition. Beyond that, there is hopefully an established strategic plan of TB coalition in the future.

This is not rocket science but definitely Johnson and Johnson Indonesia needs supports from other parties i.e governments officials, CSO, NGO, and industry peers. ID COMM, as appointee agency, undertook the task to compile the summary of the coalition meeting as a basis reference to support TB end agenda. The coalition itself was held twice on September and December 2016 in Jakarta. The first meeting was aimed to invite big enterprises while the following meeting was for small and medium enterprises. 

The Result

ID COMM managed to garner support and commitment from 90 industries ranging from small enterprises up to the big ones. We hope that this becomes an important milestone that initiates the next follow up actions that will contribute to the TB end strategy, as gathering relevant actors and key stakeholders is a first step towards unity as to harmonize efforts to battle TB.