Vest trial - Abu dhabi
Preliminary testing was conducted in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Cooling vests have already proven to be a valuable tool in reducing the effects of heat stress; however, most testing has been done in the West. The purpose of conducting this trial was to assess whether vests could still function effectively in Gulf region’s extreme climate. This was mainly gaged through collecting user feedback the results of which were promising.
Pilot Testing - Qatar
Further testing was conducted in summer 2016 in, Mesaieed, Qatar. The purpose of this trial was to determine how vest performance is impacted by the Gulf region’s climate, and quantify the impact of cooling vests on local migrant’s health. Data was collected in co-operation with a local migrant rights agency and construction firm Six Construct. The pilot's results were positive and highlighted the vests health benefits.
vest launch - dubai
Aegis will conduct a rigorous test of an updated design of cooling vests in summer 2017. Through this, we intend to thoroughly demonstrate the effectiveness of cooling vests, as well as test the effectiveness of several alternative cooling products. At the same time, aegis is offering vests to early-adopting construction firms so that they can begin introducing this technology on their worksites.
vest distribution- gulf wide
Supplying cooling vests to construction companies is a key area of focus for aegis. We recognize that the costs for scaling up this intervention to reach the Gulf’s 1.7 million unprotected workers would impossible to fund solely with donations. For this reason, our strategy for scaling up is centered around supplying vests, at low cost, to ethical construction companies, to ensure their workers safety.
the Pontifical academy
of sciences - vatican city
Along with a focus on supplying vests and implementing programs aegis recognizes the importance of outreach. Through our efforts with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences we participate in activities that garner awareness and bring together key actors capable of driving forward the aegis vision.
United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network
We have engaged with the UN-SDSN with the aim of growing public awareness surrounding the seemingly forgotten workers of the Gulf. The plight of the Gulf’s migrant workers is rarely exposed by media outlets and by organizations operating in the humanitarian space. Our efforts with the SDSN, such as our recent feature in the United Nations Solutions Report, help bring to light the very real issues faced by workers and solutions capable of rectifying the current situation. This is also with relation to the role of our efforts in addressing sustainable development goal 8 which states ‘protect labor rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, especially migrant worker, particularly women workers, and those in precarious employment.’