(commissioned by Open Society Foundation)
Video shot in Moscow by Piotr Malecki, stills by Guy Martin. Russia is home to the world’s fastest-growing HIV epidemic. Driven by injection drug use, it is now becoming generalized. If you are an injection drug user in Russia, you likely have HIV, hepatitis C, and more often than not, tuberculosis. Although the Russian constitution grants the right to free access to health services in government facilities, it does not provide effective care to those who have these multiple infections. And it bans opioid substitution therapy—the gold standard for opiate addiction treatment. In many ways, the story of Max, who you meet in this video, is typical of the hundreds of thousands of Russians who use drugs.
Ekon Association in Warsaw is a recycling plant that provides jobs for people with learning difficulties or mental health issues; who would otherwise find it difficult to get work. When you’re often excluded from society work is ‚A pleasure’. Produced, edited and shot by Piotr Malecki. Part of an ongoing series about life in Warsaw.
The best call centre consultants are like doctors – they look beneath the skin of client to determine the best way to sell him a product.
Over 200 thousand Poles work in 1500 call centres in Poland. Call centres get commissions from companies that do not want to have their own hotlines. One employee of call center can sometimes work for several client companies, switching from one to another between the calls. They sell mobile phone services,FCMG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) such as cosmetics, provide hotline, or vindication of debt.
Story shot in Belarus in two huge farms financed by the state, inspired by the news from the visit of Belorussian president Aleksandr Lukashenko in one of them.
The president is going to make Belarus a giant of potato production, making this vegetable the main export of this cash starved country. Lukashenko, himself a former collective farm director, knows what he’s talking about.