Hepatitis B special initiative

Western Pacific Region Hepatitis B control goals

The Western Pacific Region has led the way in hepatitis B control as the first Region to establish a time-bound goal to reduce childhood chronic infection rates. All countries unanimously adopted a regional goal and milestone during the fifty-sixth session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific.

Specifically, the goal is to reduce the prevalence of hepatitis B infection to less than 1% among children at least 5 years of age; the target year to meet this goal is yet to be established. A milestone to reduce prevalence to less than 2% is set for 2012.

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
Philippines
Tel. no. (+63 2) 5288001
Fax no. (+63 2) 5211036, 5260279
epi@wpro.who.int