The 3rd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research comes up in Cape Town, South Africa, 30th September – 3rd October 2014. The theme of the symposium is the science and practice of people-centred health systems, chosen to enable participants to address current and critical concerns of relevance across countries in all parts of the world. Researchers, policy-makers, funders, implementers and other stakeholders, from all regions and all socio-economic levels, will work together on the challenge of how to make health systems more responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities. Visit http://hsr2014.healthsystemsresearch.org/ for details

The focus for this year's campaign is "Safe blood for saving mothers". The campaign will increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths.  WHO encourages all countries and national and international partners working on blood transfusion and maternal health to develop an activity plan to highlight the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products in the prevention of maternal deaths. Visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/world-blood-donor-day/2014/en/ for details 

The 67th World Health Assembly comes up 19–24 May 2014. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. Visit http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/governance/wha/en/ for details

15 April 2014 – On the occasion of World Malaria Day, 25 April 2014, WHO is focusing on helping countries move towards malaria elimination? Since 2000, there has been a 42% reduction in the global malaria mortality rate and many countries have declared malaria elimination as a national goal. World Malaria Day is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment to support countries in their efforts to control and eliminate this deadly disease. The theme for the 2013-2015 campaign is ‘Invest in the future, defeat malaria’. Visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/malaria-day/2014/en/ for details

On June 14-15, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States together with UNICEF, mobilized the world to achieve an ambitious, yet achievable goal – to end preventable child deaths. Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy.  It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to avoid stunting. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV.  And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bednets, and antibiotics. Visit http://www.apromiserenewed.org/index.html for details

The concluding part of the Nigeria’s presentation made at the plenary session of the 47thSession of the United Nations’ Commission on Population and Development (CPD) on Thursday 10th April 2014 was instructive and underpin the harmony between government and civil society organisations delegates at the conference in New York. Visit http://healthinteractive.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/nigerias-position-at-the-47th-united-nations-cpd-session/ for details

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A functional commission of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The CSW is instrumental in promoting women's rights, documenting the reality of women's lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Visit http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/beijing15/index.html for details