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”.
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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is optimistic the Western Pacific Region will reach its milestone of reducing the prevalence of hepatitis B infection to less than 2% among children of at least 5 years of age by 2012.
A neonatologist’s perspective on translating vaccination policy into the practice of providing essential newborn care.