The level of medical care for infants in Lithuania is remarkable thanks to the long-term partnership with Switzerland, said Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite during her state visit in Bern on 6 October 2015. The infant mortality rate in Lithuania has indeed fallen sharply: while in 1992 an average of 16.5 in 1,000 infants died, by 2014 this figure had dropped to only 3.9. This corresponds to the Swiss infant mortality rate.
Switzerland began to provide funding for medical equipment in Lithuanian maternity wards in the nineties. With its enlargement contribution, Switzerland is providing the sector with funding amounting to CHF 45.6 million. Most of the projects will have been completed by the end of August 2016. The following results have been achieved:
27 hospitals have been provided with modern medical equipment. Three remote hospitals have received special transport vehicles for newborns.
19 hospitals are better insulated. Heating and water supply systems, electrical installations and ventilation systems have been renovated. Not only has the indoor temperature improved, energy consumption and maintenance costs have also been significantly reduced.
More than 2,337 healthcare workers have attended training. 70 sets of diagnostic and treatment guidelines have been developed.
The projects will run until April 2017. By then, solar panels and heat pumps will have been installed in 17 hospitals, two further hospitals will have been renovated and made energy efficient, a comprehensive patient database will have been built and additional further training carried out.