Public Health Initiatives
Improved public health and reduced health inequalities
Ministry of Health
13 November 2012
PA27 - Public health initiatives (Norway grant)
Calls for proposals
There are no further calls for proposals.
Why is the programme needed?
Lithuania is facing important challenges in relation to equity issues and social determinants of health and is initiating within the new Lithuanian Health Programme for 2014–2020 major initiatives to strengthen public health policies and reduce health inequalities. Health is closely related to education, living and working conditions, and social and economic status. According to research data, in Lithuania there are significant health inequalities between men and women, rural and urban population, and people with different education and income status. The difference in life expectancy at birth between women and men is 10.8 years, between rural and urban: men – 4 years, women -2 years (Lithuanian Department of Statistics, 2010). Health inequalities in Lithuania are ranked as one of the largest in Europe and tend to increase as a result of the financial–economic crisis.
Lack of information on the key factors hinders the formation and implementation of policies to reduce health inequalities. The legal basis and administrative capacities have not been sufficiently well evaluated on the national scale, the measures enabling to improve the administrative knowledge and capacities of subjects of the national and municipal level government sectors and specialists of municipal public health bureaus were not implemented systematically, and specialists lack methodological recommendations for health monitoring, planning and implementing interventions.
What will the programme achieve?
• Strengthens capacities of employees of state and municipal institutions to identify and reduce health inequalities;
• Develops a health information system for children's health monitoring;
• Improves the health promotion infrastructures in schools and pre-school education institutions and the quality and accessibility of youth health care services in municipalities.
How will it be achieved?
The programme strengthens the health care system for children and youth in Lithuania through the development of a national child health monitoring information system, as well as by upgrading the health infrastructure in schools and pre-school institutions. Additionally, the programme supports and improves the access to youth-friendly healthcare services which should be better tailored to youth's needs. To underpin the different measures and activities foreseen in the programme, a model for strengthened capacity-building to identify and reduce health inequalities will be created as well as recommendations and guidelines to identify, evaluate and reduce health inequalities.
How will bilateral relations be strengthened?
Bilateral relations with the respective institutions in Norway are established and maintained by Project Promoters and Programme Operator during implementation of the projects. In order to maintain and develop bilateral relations, visits to the respective institutions in Norway will be organised and Norwegian experts will be invited to Lithuania to share their practices.
What are the partnership opportunities?
There is potential for bilateral collaboration between Lithuanian and Donor State institutions as regards all outcomes under this programme either for technical collaborative activities or other types of collaboration.
Who can apply for funding under this programme?
All legal entities registered in Lithuania are eligible as project applicants.