New publication: Protection against hepatitis B starts at birth: an opportunity to increase provision of postnatal care within the first 24 hours

Publisher: Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub

5 DECEMBER 2012 - Chronic hepatitis B affects 240 million people globally, with 500-700,000 deaths each year from liver cancer or related disease. Most chronic infections are acquired during birth or early childhood. WHO recommends vaccination against hepatitis B during the first 24 hours after birth, a critical period for mothers and newborns. In the first 24 hours, 60% of maternal deaths and 32% of neonatal deaths occur. The need for timely vaccination provides an additional opportunity to reach mothers and newborns with essential postnatal care in the first 24 hours

The Women’s and Children’s Health Knowledge Hub is a partnership between the University of Melbourne's Centre for International Child Health, Menzies School of Health Research and Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health.