Western Pacific region

Situation:

  • There are around 115 million people living with hepatitis B in the region. There have been signficant improvements in coverage of the hepatitis b birth dose vaccination, with 83% coverage globally. However, more work needs to be done to reach the Global Health Sector Strategy goal of 90%.
  • The region has one of the highest rates of prevalence of hepatitis B in the world: 6.8% of the population.
  • There are more than 14 million people living with hepatitis C in the Western Pacific.

Response:

  • With the implementation of widespread hepatitis B vaccination, the region has reduced chronic hepatitis B infection prevalence among 5 year olds to less than 2%.
  • The region is also in the process of implementing its new regional action plan.

Given the high endemicity of viral hepatitis in the region – especially hepatitis B and C – we need to increase focus on prevention and screening, but also redouble our efforts in the treatment of those already infected.

Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific 

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