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Swiss Assistance to Perinatal, Maternal and Neonatal Health Care

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2011 12 21

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Vilnius, December 20. The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania has signed two grant contracts on LTL 70 million and LTL 50 million assistance under the Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme – for the improvement of perinatal, maternal and neonatal health care.

The Swiss grant assistance to the Programme “Improvement of Perinatal, Maternal and Neonatal Health Care in Lithuania” will amount to approximately LTL 70 million (Lithuania’s co-financing contribution is about LTL 12 million). After implementation of the Programme, 22 hospitals will be provided with modern medical equipment required for provision of high-quality perinatal, maternal and neonatal health care services, the premises of 11 health care institutions will be repaired; after their adaptation to installation and use of medical equipment, 70 manuals and methodologies for obstetric and neonatologic diagnostics and treatment will be prepared. In addition, at least 1300 health care specialists that provide obstetric, neonatologic and newborn health care services will strengthen their professional qualification capacities and improve modern technology application skills. The computer-based database on perinatal, maternal and neonatal health care will also be developed and prepared for use.

The Swiss grant assistance to the Programme “Introduction of Energy-Saving Technologies in Lithuanian Hospitals Providing Perinatal, Maternal and Neonatal Health Care Services” will make up approximately LTL 50 million (Lithuania’s co-financing contribution is 9 million). After implementation of the Programme, Lithuanian hospitals will be equipped with thermal insulation, energy consumption efficiency enhancing engineering systems, premises’ macro-climate improvement engineering systems will be installed, vacuum and oxygen supply systems will be reconstructed and upgraded.

The Programmes will be implemented in the 2012-2016 period, the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania, as the Intermediate Body, is responsible for that.

By signing these grant contracts, Lithuania has completed a relevant phase of implementation of the Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme – signature of grant contracts of projects financed by grant assistance (all beneficiary states of Swiss assistance, should sign the grant contracts on assistance until 14 June 2012, the grant assistance is to be used by 14 June 2017).

On 14 December 2010 the Grant Agreement between Lithuania and Switzerland on Grant Assistance to Joint Research Conducted by Lithuanian and Swiss Researchers was signed (about LTL 23.5 million), and on 3 May 2011 the grant agreements on grant assistance to improvement of court system   (about LTL 4.5 million) as well as to implementation of the Non-Governmental Organisations Fund (NGO Fund) (about LTL 17 million) were signed.

Total budget of the Lithuanian-Swiss Cooperation Programme makes about LTL 184 million (70.8 million of Swiss francs). Lithuania’s appropriation to implementation of projects under this Programme accounts for about 15% of co-financing funds.

 

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