Coordinator Ilias Kyriazakis shares his thoughts on the main achievements of PROHEALTH as it draws to a close after 5 years of public-private collaboration
PROHEALTH: sustainable control of pig and poultry production diseases, was the largest ever project funded by the European Union on animal health and welfare. The project started in December 2013 and is concluding in November 2018 with an Industry focused workshop and a scientific symposium on 27-28 November 2018 in Ghent, Belgium.
The consortium that addressed the challenge of production diseases in pigs and poultry consisted of 22 partners, from 10 European Union countries and one associated country. The partners were a healthy mix of Industry and Academia; this helped us to retain the focus of the project throughout its duration. The PROHEALTH project aimed to contribute to the understanding of the multifactorial dimension of animal pathologies linked to the intensification of production. Its results should help to provide effective control strategies to reduce the negative impact of production diseases on animal health and welfare. Some of these control strategies have already been implemented in practice and suggest substantial economic benefits, while maintaining pig and poultry health and welfare, in a quantifiable manner.
We have summarised some of the outcomes of the project in the form of Policy Briefs and Best Practice Guidelines that should be of relevance to a variety of stakeholders. You can download these documents in compact form here.
You can find more information on the website of the project: www.fp7-prohealth.eu. I am pleased to report that the PROHEALTH website will be maintained and continue to report additional project outcomes until December 2020.
I have had the privilege of coordinating PROHEALTH since its inception and bringing it to its conclusion. It has been a wonderful journey, but like all good things in life, it must come to an end. PROHEALTH, however, will continue to influence the way we raise pigs and poultry in the European Union. The improvement in the health and welfare will be its long lasting legacy.
Thank you for this opportunity.