ECOLOGIA's Regional Grant-Making Program


Problem Solving for Better Health in Lithuania

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.

(Vilnius’ Children’s Hospital).



Project: “Educational Program for Nursing Care Specialists.”

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.

(Palanga Sanatorium; Western Lithuania)



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 Vilnius’ Children’s Home by conducting regular clay therapy courses where children could do clay art projects. Project will be implemented by teachers, psychologist, and two art teachers.

(VilniusII  Children’s Home ) 



Project: “Educational Program for People with Disabilities.”

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.

(Vilnius’ Clinical Hospital)



Project: “Educational Program for Patients with Diabetes.”

Project need: 35% of VilniusUniversity Hospital patients are people with diabetes. Very often people (especially those of early stages of diabetes) have little information about diabetes self-control and complications caused by diabetes.

Goal: To implement an educational self-control program for people with diabetes hospitalized in Vilnius’ Hospital.  The project will be implemented by 3 nursing care specialists/volunteers. They will use individual and group education methods, provide patients with published information, as well as use visual information for education. (VilniusUniversity Hospital) 



Project: “Oriental Medicine in Order to Fight Addictions.”

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, Vilnius)       



Project: “Evaluation of Nutrition in Children’s Home.”

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 Vilnius, and identify it’s compliance with nutritional standards. Evaluation will be implemented during one year by using laboratory monitoring of the food which children eat over the year. The results will help to start actions in order to prevent diseases caused by the lack of proper nutrition. 

(VilniusPublic Health Center)



Project: “Fighting the Increase Use of Drugs in the Schools.”

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).

(VilniusPublic Health Center)  



Project: “Psycho-Educational Support Groups for People with Schizophrenia.”

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.

(Vilnius’ Mental Hospital)



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 Educational Center for the Deaf by specially training the teachers to apply relaxation therapies for the deaf. This would help teachers to complete their mission – to prepare highly skilled specialists – the hearing impaired– who could compete in the job market.

(Center for the Deaf, Vilnius)



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 Vilnius’ bus and railway station area for one year providing them with the information of the STD and “sex worker’s bag”. Expected results: to reduce the number of STD among street prostitutes by 30 per cent in one year.

(VilniusAIDS Center).


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