World Hepatitis Day - 2018
28th July is observed as World Hepatitis Day (WHD) every year for the last 8 years. It is celebrated in memory of birthday of the Nobel prize-winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg – who first discovered the hepatitis B virus, developed a powerful vaccine against it that has saved millions of lives so far.
The purpose of earmarking a particular day for hepatitis is to raise the awareness about viral hepatitis as this is a major cause of morbidity and mortality globally including WHO South-East Asia region. It is important to know how hepatitis can be prevented, what are its signs and symptoms, how to suspect and what are the diagnostic and treatment options available. This day also provides an opportunity to advocate with policy makers for key changes in policy alongside greater investment in our goal of elimination hepatitis as a public health problem by 2030 as a part of SDG 3.3. The theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day
The theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day – ‘Test. Treat. Hepatitis.’
SEA Region has an estimated 40 million people living with chronic hepatitis B and an estimated 10 million with chronic hepatitis C. These infections are responsible for an estimated 410 000 deaths across the South-East Asia Region – more than HIV and TB combined. A large majority of these are preventable.
We are committed to support member states in developing their national action plans for prevention and control of Hepatitis.
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.