ECOLOGIA's Regional Grant-Making Program
Problem Solving for Better Health in
Summary of Year 2000 Grants
Project: “Psychological Preparation of Children Before Operations and Other Invasive Medical Procedures.”
Goal of the project: To reduce the stress levels of children waiting for an operation or other invasive medical procedures in Vilnius Children’s Hospital. Four physician-anesthesiologists, 10 nursing care specialists, and 20 volunteers working in the hospital will implement this project by psychologically preparing 4000 patients (children)/ year. They will use not only verbal explanation of the procedures applied to the child, but also include visual information, so the children can see and understand what will be done in order to help them. Colorful booklets with information about the procedures will be published; short films will be shown; rubber dolls will be used to visually describe certain procedure or operation.
Project need: Information and training nursing care specialists working with re-habilitation patients.
Goal of the project: To improve the level of knowledge of nursing care specialists in order to get better rehabilitation treatment results for the patients.
Educational program will consist of three stages:
1. Conferences will be organized two times/ year on general topics of nursing care;
2. Workshops will be conducted – four workshops/year for nursing care specialists of four different specializations;
3. Education in the work place.
Project: “Improvement of Mental Health for Children Living in Children’s Home by Applying Clay Art.”
Goal of the project: To improve the psycho-physical state of mind of
children growing up in the
Project need: Many people with disabilities after their treatment in hospital don’t know how to help themselves and prevent bedsores.
Goal: To educate 60 people with disabilities by regularly visiting them at home; and educating them about the prevention and care of bedsores.
Project need: 35% of
Goal: To implement an educational self-control program for people with
diabetes hospitalized in
Project need: The number of young people using drugs is increasing every year. One reason is that young people do not understand the harmful effect of drugs (some anti-drug campaigns even make young people become interested to try).
Goal: To conduct four courses / year for hygiene, biology and other teachers working with the students of 7-10 grades. Introduce them to the approach of Oriental Medicine, so they can apply this knowledge to their classes; presenting harmful effects of addiction to the students and introducing the concepts of a holistic approach to the human body.
(Doctor’s association of traditional medicine,
Project need: There is an increasing number of children ages 3-6 with physical and developmental problems caused by the lack of nutrition.
Goal: To evaluate the nutrition of children (ages 3-6 year old) in three
Children’s Homes in
Project need: The number of school children using drugs is not only increasing, but students start using drugs at an earlier age.
Goal: To conduct an educational program for the 5-7 grade students about the harmful effects of drugs. The program will consist of lectures given in the schools, video films and work during classes (children will be asked to draw paintings and write written works on this topic).
Project need: According to existing practices, schizophrenia patients receive medical treatment, but not the psycho-sociological integration needed for the total health of these patients. Patients do not receive enough information about their disease, and are not taught how to live with the condition and to control it. They become more and more isolated, lose their social and labor skills, and self-confidence. These are some of the reasons that patients are being re-hospitalized.
Goal: To reduce the number of re-hospitalization cases by implementing a program of psycho-educational support for schizophrenia patients. Program will last for 2 months, 2 times/ week, and will be implemented in 2 groups (15 patients in each group). Program will consist of theoretical and practical courses.
Project: “Improvement of the Psychological Environment in the Educational Center for the Deaf.”
Project need: 30% of deaf people have “secondary diseases.” Deaf people are more emotionally sensitive, so it is difficult for them to adopt themselves to everyday life. It is also important that the people who work with the deaf know ways to prevent them from unnecessary stress which may cause more serious problems.
Goal: To improve the psychological environment in the
(Center for the Deaf,
Project: “Education of Street Prostitutes and Providing Them with ‘Sex Worker’s Bag.’”
Goal: To reduce sexually-transmitted diseases (STD) and prevent HIV by
providing information to street prostitutes about those diseases; encourage
them to use the means of safe sex, seek regular medical check-ups, and to use
medication in case of STD is diagnosed. Project coordinator – a gynecologist –
will work with 50 street prostitutes serving