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Vilnius University (VU)
Social Work

 Contact details
Contact personPhD Egle Sumskiene
Associated Professor 
Address 05139 - Vilnius (Lithuania) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)250+ 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Health sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
More than 10 years of experience in nationa and international project concerning human rights, mental health, disability, civil society

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Egle Sumskiene is a social worker, sociologist and expert on disability, mental health and human rights issues. She completed her PhD thesis on the topic of persons with psychosocial disabilities. Since 2002 dr. Sumskiene works in Vilnius University Department of Social Work as a lecturer and in 2012 she accepted position of associated professor. Dr. Sumskiene is actively working in Lithuanian NGO sector focusing on mental health and human rights issues. She was involved as an expert in various international and national projects with emphasis on issues of human rights and disability, discrimination, mental health care, policy, social integration of people with psychosocial disabilities. In addition dr. Sumskiene provides training, gives lectures and offers her expertise on the issues of rights of persons with disabilities.
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
2003 - 2005 Care for intellectually disabled children in Moldova. Funded by CORDAID
2003– 2006 Monitoring human rights in closed mental health care institutions in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Kaliningrad region. Funded by the EC
2004 – 2005 Mental health care in the community: Lithuanian, Italian and Maltese comparative study. Funded by the EC
2005 - 2006 Mainstreaming mental disability policy. Funded by the EC
2006 Monitoring children rights in care and educational institutions in Lithuania. Funded by the EC
2006 Employment of mentally ill and intellectually disabled. Funded by the EQUAL programme.
2006 Development and piloting occupational therapy in two social care homes in Belarus. Funded by the EC
2007 Study on the Specific Risks of Discrimination Against Persons in Situation of Major Dependence or with Complex Needs. Funded by the EC
2009 Development of income generating activities with therapeutic character in institutions for people with mental health problems in Sughd Region, Tajikistan. Funded by the EC
2009-2010 Images of mentally ill people portrayed by mass media in Lithuania. Funded by the Nordic Council.
2011 EU/UNDP/OHCHR Project Strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights.
2011-2012 Development capacity of Belarussian mental health NGOs. Funded by the EC
2012-2013 Empowering Mental Health service users in 5 regions of Azerbaijan. Funded by the EC
2012 - 2014 „Initiation of the Antidiscriminatory Public Discourse in Lithuania”. Funded by the EC
2012-2013 Challenges for Lithuanian mental health policy. Funded by the Lithuanian Science Council.

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