- The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Gambia) in collaboration with WHO UNICEF, Rotary International and other partners observe the week of May 2013 (from 24- 27) as National Immunization (NIDs) days against poliomyelitis.
- May is skin Cancer Awareness Month.
- May 19 was observed as National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Politics and Policies:
- Kenya is the first country to protect girls against cervical cancer with GAVI- supported human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
- The government of Canada has announced its support in the fight against tuberculosis, malaria and HIV/AIDS.
- India’s health ministry is tying itself in knots over the ban of drugs that are banned in some countries and some cases for some population segments.
- The Illinois Senate has voted to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
- Zambia- Zimbabwe Cross Border Malaria Initiative, a joint co-ordination launched by Zambia and Zimbabwe to control malaria and accelerate reduction of its transmission among the border communities.
- Merck and Glaxo cut price of Human Papilloma Virus drug in the poorest countries. This cut is more than 95%.
- Nigeria seeks support on guinea worm eradication.
- Ghana Health Service has launched the country’s first online based health service which allows patients to engage with doctors online over minor ailments.
- The Gambia and the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a Comprehensive Tobacco Control formulation in Bakau.
- India develops cheap vaccine (against Rotavirus) against major cause of diarrhea deaths in children.
- The Child Division at the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) is working to introduce pneumococcal vaccine against pneumonia– major cause of death among children less than five years of age in the country.
- According to Cervical Cancer Crisis card that used data from official reports by the World Health Organization, Africa has the highest cervical cancer deaths.
- According to the 2011 National HIV Indicator Survey, prevalence rates among the Ugandans between ages of 15 to 19 are rising.
- The Annual State of the World’s Mothers report states that every year three million babies die within the first month of life.
- A study published shows that HIV prevalence and late diagnosis of HIV infection is high among young women with sexual risk behavior in Beira, Mozambique.
- According to a Global Mother’s Wellbeings ranking report, Ghana ranks 146th out of 176 countries.
- According to the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative partners, landmark has reached in fight against tetanus. It has been eliminated in over half of 59 priority countries.
- According to a study, number of Australian parents with mental illness has increased by 3% every year from 1990 to 2005.
- The findings of a study published in the World Allergy Organization Journal, children dwelling in commercial areas of New Delhi, India are most susceptible as compared to those living in other parts of the capital, to the respiratory ailments followed by industrial and residential areas.
- A study shows that the paradoxical TB-IRIS frequently complicates HIV-TB therapy in India.
- A paper published in The Lancet Oncology, say that if current trends in cancer among the people of Latin America and Caribbean continue, the region will see cancer cases soaring by third each year to reach 16.8 million in total by 2020.
- According to a study health of the immigrants suffer as they live longer in the U.S.
- According to a study, newer whooping cough vaccine is as protective as was thought to be.
Diseases & Disasters:
- According to the reports Zambia is facing shortage of HIV medicines.
- Heavy rains have caused flooding of both Nyamamba and Nyamugasani rivers in Uganda. It has caused heavy flooding which has displaced thousands of people.
- Two cases of wild polio virus have been recorded in Tafa Local government area of Niger and Fagge in Kano respectively in Nigeria.
- Reports have indicated that African mineworkers are at significant risk of becoming resistant to tuberculosis treatment.
- Body of a man who died in an unnamed hospital as having suffered from Creutzfeld –Jakob disease has been identified by the L. Greenberg Forensic Institute at Abu Kabir. According to the Health Ministry danger of being infected under normal conditions are negligible.
- A travel alert has been issued for dengue fever in Thailand. About 33 deaths have been reported since April of this year, particularly in northeastern part of the country.
- According to the reports more than 1200 new cases of measles have been reported this year. Health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing this growing epidemic.