About the HEALTHY POULTRY research project


Project full title
Development of new integrated strategies for prevention, control and monitoring of epizootic poultry diseases

Project acronym
HEALTHY POULTRY

Financing
Commission of the European Communities, Project no.: SSPE-CT-2004-513737

Strategic project objectives
The objectives of the project are:
(1) to develop new integrated strategies for prevention, control and monitoring of epizootic poultry diseases,
(2) to analyse these strategies in a comprehensive way,
(3) to provide guidelines for the implementation of these strategies in EU member states,
(4) to develop user friendly toolboxes for strategy evaluation and
(5) to disseminate project results to a broad relevant audience.

Short description of the project
HEALTHY POULTRY aims to provide a scientific basis for future decision making, directed to improved strategies for prevention and control of epizootic poultry diseases, particularly AI. Four Tasks are carried out, each dealing with a strategic objective/activity within the project.

(1) Development and standardization of data and methods to identify poultry production areas according to their density, organizational and economic structure and contact structure. This Task is focused on the base risks for epizootic poultry diseases at regional level. Data of various origin and sources will ultimately be combined within a GIS-based toolbox, which can be used to analyze strategies and regions within the EU according to base disease risks.

(2) Identification and quantification of risk-factors for introduction and spread of AI at regional and farm level. This Task is focused on specific risks for AI. A comprehensive epidemiological-statistical analysis of data from AI epizootics in Italy and The Netherlands will be carried out. (3) Definition, epidemiological and economic analysis of integrated strategies for prevention, control and monitoring of AI. This Task is focused on alternatives for decision making. Within this Task, various types of epidemiological and economic computer models will be developed and subsequently used for epidemiological, economic and risk analysis. Inputs for these models will be supplied by the previous two Tasks.

(4) Dissemination of project results, a Task focused on awareness of all people involved. This includes consultation and participation of two groups: a platform of experts and decision makers (the ‘users’ of project results) and major representatives of stakeholders (those ‘affected’ by the implementation of new strategies). Given the structure of the project, new scientific insight could relatively fast lead to the implementation of new epizootic disease policies, with the prospect of an improved animal health status within the EU.

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