Hepatitis B special initiative

WHO calls for national actions on hepatitis


MANILA, 16 June 2014 - According to World Health Organization estimates, chronic hepatitis B and C affect more than 500 million people worldwide. Though home to about one quarter of the world population, the WHO Region for the Western Pacific accounts for nearly 50% of the 160 million chronic hepatitis B infections worldwide.

World Hepatitis Day 2013

World Hepatitis Day this year was launched under the theme ‘This is hepatitis. Know it. Confront it.’ The key message for this year in the Western Pacific is ”Preventing chronic hepatitis and liver cancer begins at birth”.

PNG launches Hepatitis B vaccination for its health care workers

WHO/Steven Busin

To protect health care workers from the consequences of occupational exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV), the world’s second most potent carcinogen, the National Department of Health of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and partners including WHO and AusAID launched a health care worker vaccination programme on 19 February 2013.

A shot at stopping a virus - the Hepatitis B birth dose

A neonatologist’s perspective on translating vaccination policy into the practice of providing essential newborn care.

Contact information

Mr Eric Wiesen
Technical Officer

Expanded Programme on Immunization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
World Health Organization
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Tel. no. (+63 2) 5288001
Fax no. (+63 2) 5211036, 5260279