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Improved treatment for children with heart disease

  • Lithuania's leading hospital in diagnosing and repairing heart problems has partnered with Norway to provide quality health services to children suffering from congenital heart diseases.

    Each year 300 children are born with heart defects throughout Lithuania, of which 200 come to the Vilnius University Hospital for surgical treatment. Operations performed at the hospital include rare procedures such as removal of heart tumours, heart transplantation, and correction of severe and complex heart defects. Half of the surgeries are performed on children less than 1 year old.

    Although the Department of Congenital Heart Disease Surgery at the hospital employs some of the most prominent and respected specialists in the country, outdated medical equipment places limits on their talents. Moreover, the very modest standard of the hospital building provides less than ideal surroundings for the children and their families.


    The support from Norway will cover a substantial renovation of the premises of the department and purchase of modern medical equipment, giving the doctors the proper tools to take care of the little patients. In addition, the department staff will receive further training to improve their skills. This training will be undertaken in cooperation with experts from Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Oslo, which acts as a partner to the Lithuanian hospital.

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    Project title:

    Improvement of Quality and Accessibility of Integrated Paediatric Cardiology, Cardio Surgery and Anaesthesiology Services of Vilnius University Hospital Santariškiu Klinikos

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 1,898,999



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual Project

    Project promoter:

    PI Vilnius University Hospital Santarikiu Klinikos

    Type of institution:


    Project website:

    Project duration:

    15 months

    Project cost:

    € 2,234,116

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    14 July 2008

    The Purpose of the Project is to expand accessibility of paediatric cardiology, cardio surgery and anaesthesiology aid and to improve the quality of such services for neonates, infants and children, with the overall objective of improving access and quality of paediatric care in Lithuania. Reference is made to the application dated 3 August, 2007, and to any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    - reconstruction of the premises of 2nd Cardio Surgery Department;

    - purchase of medical equipment;

    - purchase of medical furniture and hard inventory;

    - training by Norwegian experts;

    - management and publicity activities.

    The Project Promoter is Vilnius University Hospital Santariškiu Klinikos.

    The Focal Point shall ensure that the Lithuanian state budget provides at least 15 percent of the estimated eligible Project cost.