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
Tel. no. (+63 2) 5288001
Fax no. (+63 2) 5211036, 5260279