Lithuania remains among states characterized by very poor public mental health indicators with preserved legacy of closed residential institutions, including large psychiatric hospitals.
Ten years ago, Dorica Dan, a mother with a daughter with Prader-Willis Syndrom (PWS) met representatives from Norwegian Prader-Willis Association and Frambu during a conference in New Zealand. Since then they have implemented various projects together, including setting up a centre for people with rare disorders. Recently, they organised a conference together in Romania.
Migrants constitute only 1% of the Lithuanian population. Despite the low number, Lithuania is one of the most unfriendly societies for foreigners in Europe. There is a stable increase in nationalistic and racist messages in Lithuanian public discourse.
The protection of whistleblowers is poor in Lithuania. A project by Transparency International Lithuania and Transparency International Norway seeks to address this.
In Lithuania, almost 2 per cent of children are deprived of parental care and more than a third of these children are in institutional care. Lithuania lacks complex community-based services, and relies instead on institutional care. An EEA Grants project in Lithuania is currently improving the situation for these children.