Three of the eight planned projects have already been completed. All projects have resulted in a high number of positive and concrete results. Below is an overview based on the five project goals.
Results in Lithuania
Thanks to SCIEX fellowships 43 Lithuanian doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers have taken part in a fixed-term research residency at the Swiss universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Fribourg and Lucerne, and at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA). Lithuanian and Swiss higher education institutions are also implementing 20 research projects together.
Mother and child healthcare
With better medical equipment in 27 hospitals, the mortality rate amongst pregnant women, mothers and newborns is declining. Twenty-four hospitals have been equipped with modern machines such as ultrasound devices and display units to monitor the progress of newborns. Over 1,350 nursing staff members have been trained in how to use the new machines. The project builds on the successful cooperation in the 1990s between Switzerland and Lithuania in the field of mother and child care and helps reduce differences in the quality of medical care provided in the towns and rural areas.
Eight maternity wards have been made energy efficient. Depending on the requirements, buildings have been fitted out with new windows, roofs, wall insulation, energy-efficient lighting and heating systems, an improved hot water and electricity supply or a modern ventilation system. These investments bring down hospital maintenance costs, improve the indoor temperature for mothers and babies, and reduce polluting emissions.
Modernising the judiciary
Twenty-three courtrooms, 13 prison halls and two prosecutors' offices have been equipped with videoconferencing units and audio recording devices so that the people involved in court proceedings can be linked up. A total of 142 court and prison staff in Lithuania have been trained in using the new communication technologies. This has helped greatly to increase the efficiency of the judiciary and the transparency of court proceedings in Lithuania.
Support funding for NGOs
NGOs have received funds to independently promote and strengthen civil society's participation in the economic and social development of the country. Around 97 small-scale projects have been implemented, including 32 projects dedicated to strengthening voluntary actions by the NGOs and 22 projects aimed at increasing cooperation between NGOs and municipalities. Swiss NGOs partnered five of the projects.