Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of the five hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. The Government of India through the National Centre for Disease Control is implementing the National Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Programme.
To establish laboratory network for laboratory based surveillance of viral hepatitis in different geographical locations of India.
To ascertain the prevalence of different types of viral hepatitis in different zones of the country.
To provide laboratory support for outbreak investigation of hepatitis through established network of laboratories.
To develop technical material for generating awareness among healthcare providers and in the community about waterborne and blood borne hepatitis.
Establishment of laboratory based surveillance for viral hepatitis in the country for collection of data. Development of testing and surveillance guidelines and its dissemination.
A network of laboratories with quality testing for hepatitis markers will be established covering the entire country
Training of manpower/health care providers in 10 regional labs including NCDC i.e. the reference lab.
Development of IEC for providers and community.
Establishment of baseline data for hepatitis to see the impact