Privacy Policy

Your privacy on the Internet is of utmost importance to the World Health Organization (WHO). This privacy statement describes WHO’s policy concerning the gathering and sharing of visitors’ information through the African Health Observatory (AHO) web site.

What information does WHO collect?

Normal web site usage

In general, you can browse the AHO site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. The only information we gather during general browsing is from standard server logs. These include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you download, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.

Collection of personally identifiable information

If you register for a newsletter, request information, provide feedback, join a discussion group or join an electronic mailing list, you may be asked to provide personal information such as your name, postal address and e-mail address. This information is collected only with your knowledge and permission, and is kept in various WHO databases and mailing lists.

Registering or supplying personal information in AHO sets a cookie*. By setting this cookie, AHO will remember your details the next time you visit, so you don’t have to re-enter the information. This helps us to provide you with a better service.

Joining electronic discussion groups may mean that other participants of the discussion group (including non-WHO employees) will see personal information that you have volunteered. For open discussion groups, this information will be public.

What does WHO do with the information it collects?

Normal web site usage

The information gathered during general browsing of the “” domain is used to analyse trends and usage of the AHO site and to improve the usefulness of the site. It is not connected with any personal information.

Personally identifiable information

WHO may use the personal information you provide to:
- Contact you – either in response to a query or suggestion, or to mail newsletters, documents, publications etc. to you;
- Confirm your registrations on the site;
- “Remember” your online profile and preferences;
- Help you quickly find information that is relevant to you based on your interests, and help us create site content most relevant to you;
- Statistical analysis.

What if I don’t want to provide personal information?

Providing personal information on the WHO site is optional. If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use the WHO site, but you will not be able to carry out certain actions such as register for a newsletter, join a community of practice or discussion group or set up a personal workspace.

Opting out and changing your information

At any time, you can cancel or modify your information by contacting us at


We do not sell or share any personally identifiable information volunteered on the AHO site to any third party. Any information provided to WHO by users of the AHO site is held with the utmost care and security, and will not be used in ways other than as set forth in this privacy policy, or in any site-specific policies, or in ways to which you have explicitly consented. AHO employs a range of technologies and security measures to protect the information maintained on our systems from loss, misuse, unauthorized access or disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

All our employees who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal data, are obliged to respect the confidentiality of official business matters, including personal data. The AHO site contains links to sites external to the domain. WHO is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites.

Notification of changes

Changes to this privacy policy will be posted on the AHO home page at


For questions or queries regarding this privacy policy, please contact us at

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent from a web server to your browser. It is normally used to assign a unique identification to your computer and securely store information such as user IDs, passwords, preferences, and online profiles. It is stored on the hard drive of your computer. You can choose not to have cookies delivered by the AHO site by changing your browser settings. Different web sites can send their own cookies to your computer. To protect your privacy, your browser only allows a web site to access the cookies it has already sent you, not the cookies sent by other sites.