“Great to be part of the wave of kindness rolling all over Lithuania and thus, contributing to the fight against Covid-19”

Tadas Working in a library that is focusing on innovative solutions to battle Covid-19 Lithuania, Kaunas

Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library in Lithuania has swiftly refocused its efforts to fight against COVID19 by producing simple but efficient hands-free door handles. The library’s team ‘employed’ all available 3D printers to manufacture attachable door devices that allow people to open doors without gripping the handle. In addition to this innovation, the team of librarians and IT engineers printed hundreds of protective face shields for medical workers.

“To avoid wasting food, we decided to offer it to local hospitals. It quickly grew into a whole movement of solidarity”

Odeta Offers free meals to medical teams and food banks thanks to donations from the public Lithuania, Vilnius

As Odeta's restaurant chain "Jurgis ir drakonas" was faced with great amounts of food that was going to go to waste, she decided to cook and offer meals to the teams working at hospitals in Vilnius and Kaunas. After sharing the initiative on social media, citizens and businesses from all over the country offered to contribute: thanks to their donations, Odeta and her colleagues offer free meals to medical teams but also donate to local food banks and people in need.

“People still need medical assistance for problems that are not related to Covid-19”

Mindaugas Set up a free online service providing basic medical counsel during confinement Lithuania, Vilnius

As medical services have been diverted during the pandemic, some citizens have been deprived of their regular doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, and psychologists. Mindaugas, who is a doctor himself, has created a Facebook page where people can ask medical questions and receive advice rapidly (within 10 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the urgency of the request). This not only provides basic medical counsel to patients, but it also alleviates the workload of medical staff on the frontline and saves public funds from being directed to non-essential or non-urgent tasks.

“Together, we can make a difference”

Gabija and Ieva Launched a crowdfunding campaign to provide protective equipment to hospitals Lithuania, Vilnius

With their colleagues at Laisves TV ("Liberty TV"), an online media and NGO, Gabija and Ieva launched a crowdfunding campaign to buy protective equipment for hospitals, especially those in remote areas where the situation is more critical than in larger cities. In two weeks, they have already raised over €2 million. They have also been collaborating with the local fashion industry to help them shift production to protective gear.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste - use it to unite people”

Robertas Produces protective equipment for medical professionals Lithuania, Vilnius

With the help of volunteers, Robertas launched the large-scale production of hundreds of thousands of pieces of protective equipment for medical professionals in Lithuania. Within six weeks they have produced over 100,000 surgical masks, more than 240,000 antibacterial disposable masks and HEPA 10 masks and over 20,000 disposable jumpsuits and gowns. Thanks to Robertas and his volunteers, the protective gear shortage has been partly addressed: such initiatives are what allow medical professionals to work safely and prevent them from joining the ranks of their patients mechanism.

“It was the fastest and most unifying project we’ve ever made”

Eimantas and Tomas Help Lithuanian hospitals buy medical supplies Lithuania, Vilnius

Together with the Lithuanian tech community, Eimantas, Tomas and their colleagues at Tesonet managed to raise €440K to buy medical supplies for Lithuanian hospitals. The whole project, started from scratch, was done within 72 hours, and helped provide Lithuania's largest hospital with much-needed respirators and other equipment such as protective suits or cotton masks for elderly homes. Such initiatives complement the EU's RescEU program, which gathers medical equipment so that the necessary supplies can quickly reach member states facing shortages.