South-East Asia Region

Situation:

  • In South-East Asia, there are 39 million people living with hepatitis B. 
  • 10 million people in the region are living with hepatitis C.
  • There are an estimated 6.5 million symptomatic cases of hepatitis E and 400,000 cases of hepatitis A in the region each year.

Response:

  • The hepatitis B vaccine is included in childhood immunisation programmes throughout the region. More than 24 million doses of the hepatitis B vaccine are administered in the region annually

 

  • Currently there is no regional strategy adopted to eliminate viral hepatitis in the South-East Asia region. WHA and its SEARO NGO members are therefore advocating to see one adopted by WHO SEARO Member States in the near future.

 

We must adopt coordinated national strategies based on the local epidemiological context. The battle against hepatitis cannot be won by ministries of health alone. […] Most importantly, the public must be armed with information to prevent viral hepatitis.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia 

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