World Hepatitis day - 28 July 2017

Every year 28th July is observed as World Hepatitis Day (WHD) to commemorate the collective efforts being made by the WHO and partners for raising awareness about the Hepatitis as well as to build momentum and political engagement for working towards elimination of Hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030. The theme for this year World Hepatitis Day is "Eliminate hepatitis”. The WHO SEARO action plan based on the “Global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis 2016–2021” provides a strategic framework for prevention as well as treatment of Hepatitis with clear time bound targets. We are committed to support member states in developing their national action plans for prevention and control of Hepatitis.

Eliminating viral hepatitis as a major public health threat in the Region

The Regional Action Plan for Viral Hepatitis in South-East Asia,2016-2021
Viral hepatitis poses a serious public health challenge both globally and in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Viral hepatitis accounts for over 350 000 deaths annually , which is more than the number of deaths caused my malaria and HIV combined in the Region. With the goal of ending viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, the Action Plan will provide an actionable framework of priority evidence-based interventions to support national responses for prevention, control and management of viral hepatitis in the Region.

Workshop for Developing the Regional Action Plan for Hepatitis in the WHO South-East Asia, 26th – 28th April 2016, Jakarta , Indonesia

WHO South-East Asia Region (SEAR) has a high burden of HBV and HCV. Almost 100 million people are chronically infected with Hepatitis B and 30 million with Chronic Hepatitis C in the Region. Each year, nearly 350 000 people succumb to viral hepatitis. In order to combat viral hepatitis the WHO Regional Office for South-east Asia convened a workshop for Member States to develop regional action plan for viral hepatitis prevention, control and management in the Region. The workshop had participants from all the Member States and as well as involved technical bodies, experts and NGOs representing communities living with hepatitis. The workshop also provided the opportunity to share and learn the latest updates and knowledge regarding surveillance, prevention, treatment and control of viral hepatitis.


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Hepatitis B

39 million (28.8 - 76.50)
People are living with chronic hepatitis B in the South-East Asia Region, 2015

Hepatitis C

10 million (8 - 17.8)
People are living with chronic hepatitis C in the South-East Asia Region, 2015.


408 000People are estimated to have died due to viral hepatitis in the South-East Asia Region, 2015.

World Health Organization

Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
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New Delhi 110 002, India
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