Prevalence of hepatitis B infection in women delivering at a community health centre in Dili, Timor-Leste and discussion of programmatic challenges

Hall, Charlotte, Gibbons, Margaret, Murphy, Dan and Nourse, Clare (2015) Prevalence of hepatitis B infection in women delivering at a community health centre in Dili, Timor-Leste and discussion of programmatic challenges. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 109 4: 280-282. doi:10.1093/trstmh/tru207


Author Hall, Charlotte
Gibbons, Margaret
Murphy, Dan
Nourse, Clare
Title Prevalence of hepatitis B infection in women delivering at a community health centre in Dili, Timor-Leste and discussion of programmatic challenges
Journal name Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0035-9203
1878-3503
Publication date 2015-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/trstmh/tru207
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 109
Issue 4
Start page 280
End page 282
Total pages 3
Place of publication Oxford University Press
Publisher Oxford, United Kingdom
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Limited data regarding prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection in Timor-Leste exist.

Methods: An observational study of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) results of women delivering at Bairo Pite Clinic in Dili, Timor-Leste was carried out.

Results: Of the 781 women included in the study, 80.5% (626/777) of women who had accessed antenatal care had been tested for HBsAg, of whom 2.2% (14/626) were positive. Of the remaining women, 83.2% (129/155) received a test at the time of delivery, of whom 5.4% (7/129) were positive. Overall prevalence of HBsAg positivity was 2.8% (21/755).

Conclusions: Further studies are urgently needed to establish the prevalence of HBV infection in Timor-Leste, particularly in pregnant women. Findings from this study suggest that routine HBV immunisation of newborns should be instituted promptly.
Keyword Hepatitis B
Immunisation
Prenatal care
Prevalence
Timor-Leste
Vaccination
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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