Primary health care and its link to universal health coverage; preparations for two high-level meetings on health at the United Nations on topics such as noncommunicable diseases and tuberculosis; access to medicines; and the fight against antimicrobial resistance. These are just some of the themes to be discussed at more than a dozen side events organized by countries in the Americas region at the 71st World Health Assembly, taking place at the Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 26 May.

Geneva, 18 May 2018 (PAHO/WHO).- Primary health care and its link to universal health coverage; preparations for two high-level meetings on health at the United Nations on topics such as noncommunicable diseases and tuberculosis; access to medicines; and the fight against antimicrobial resistance. These are just some of the themes to be discussed at more than a dozen side events organized by countries in the Americas region at the 71st World Health Assembly, taking place at the Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 26 May.

Daily summary of side events:

Monday May 21

Operationalizing universal health coverage in fragile states and conflict-affected situations.

Organized by the delegations of Afghanistan, Canada, Israel, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Somalia and Switzerland.
Room VII- 12.30 pm

Primary health care and universal health coverage: the evidence, contributions and effectiveness of community health workers. 

Organized by the delegations of Algeria, Denmark, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Norway and the United Republic of Tanzania. 
Room XXIV- 12.30 pm

Tuesday May 22

Tackling noncommunicable diseases as a major contribution to universal health coverage: are regulatory interventions a cost-effective alternative? 

Organized by the delegations of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Finland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Switzerland and Uruguay.
Room XXIII- 12.30 pm

Towards universal coverage with HIV prevention services and commodities - the Global Prevention Coalition and Roadmap. 

Organized by the delegations of Benin (on behalf of the African Group), Botswana, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Panama, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe. 
Room XXIV- 12.30 pm

100 years after the pandemic: preparedness to protect Health for All. 

Organized by the delegations of Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. 
Room XXIV- 6 pm

Wednesday May 23

Institutionalizing social participation and hearing people's voice to secure sustainable gains for universal health coverage. 

Organized by the delegations of Chile, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Thailand. 
Room XXIV- 12.30 pm

Member States commitment to the global movement towards universal health coverage: focused actions on primary health care and financing for effective delivery. 

Organized by the delegations of Australia, Ghana, Indonesia, Maldives, Mexico, Republic of Korea and Turkey. 
Room VII- 6 pm

Towards ending tuberculosis-BRICS efforts to achieve universal health coverage in the context of preparations for the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis. 

Organized by the delegations of Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa. 
Room VIII - 6 pm

Thursday May 24

Towards universal access to solid organ transplantation. 

Organized by the delegations of Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Portugal, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Spain and Uruguay. 
Room VIII- 12.30 pm

Addressing antimicrobial resistance: a threat to global health and the achievement of universal health coverage. 

Organized by the delegations of Australia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and Viet Nam. 
Room VII- 6 pm

Combatting the challenges of substandard and falsified medical products: the critical role of regulators. 

Organized by the delegations of Canada, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. 
Room VIII- 6 pm 

Friday May 25

Investing millions to improve the nutrition of billions: how universal health coverage is strengthened through community programmes including breastfeeding. 

Organized by the delegations of Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Ireland, Madagascar, Nigeria, the Philippines and Thailand. 
Room VII-12.30 pm

Access to medicines: overcoming obstacles created by monopolies-essential to universal health coverage and the 2030 Agenda. 

Organized by the delegations of Brazil, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Senegal and Thailand. 
Room VIII-12.30 pm