Diseases caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) have a worldwide distribution. Chronic infection adds a high risk of serious illness and death, mainly from liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).
In 2005, member states in the Western Pacific Region endorsed the regional milestone and the goal of hepatitis B control. Through hepatitis B immunization, the Region as a whole and 30 individual countries and areas have reached the 2012 milestone of reducing the rate of chronic hepatitis B infection among young children to less than 2%. Countries of the Region are now striving towards further reducing hepatitis B cases among young children to less than 1% by 2017.
This dashboard is a means of feedback to countries and areas of the Region on the progress achieved. Your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org is most welcome.
* HepB3 vaccination coverage when available, otherwise graph represents DPT3 coverage; some countries updated data during the 2012 Technical Advisory Meeting
Abbreviations:SBA= Skilled Birth Attendant; NA= not applicable; NR= no report; Timely HepB BD= birth dose within 24hrs; HepB3= at least 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine; HBsAg= hepatitis B surface antigen DTP3: 3rd dose of Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccine
Data sources: 2012 WHO/UNICEF Joint Reporting Form, 2011 WPRO CHiPS, 2010 UN population figures, 2007 WPRO hepatitis B control plan; 2007 WPRO hepatitis B certification guidelines