In the autumn of 2008 Fiona Corcoran from the Irish charity The Greater Chernobyl Cause first visited this hospice for the elderly in Semipalatinsk, an industrial city in north east Kazakhstan.She was so shocked by the desperate plight of the residents and the squalor inside the dilapidated building that she decided to act immediately..
Now, two years on and thanks to generous donations and the charity's hard work, there have been some major improvements to diet, medical care and hygiene. But best of all is the charity's plan to build an entirely new hospice in the grounds of the city's general hospital.
This hospital though has problems of its own. One of the most urgent is the repair of the CAT scanner, out of action since June 2010.
It would normally be used by 1500 cases a year, 500 of them very serious.
The Greater Chernobyl Cause wants to help get this scanner working again by supplying vital components.
Charity Workers: Fiona Corcoran, Dorothy Buckley
Translator & Fixer: Gulnur Malikova
Narrator: Bill Hamilton
Film Editor: Jon Bagge
Music Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Filmed and Directed by: Brian Staveley