Website Policies

Applicable WebsitesPrivacy Notice and Cookies | Security Notice | Copyright and Permissions | Disclaimers

Applicable Websites

The policies on this page apply to websites managed by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). K4Health-managed websites include and K4Health Toolkits; Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers; the Global Digital Health Network; the Global Health eLearning Center; the Global Health Knowledge Collaborative and its KM Indicator Library; mHealth Knowledge; mHealth Evidence; the Knowledge Management Training Package for Global Health Programs; the Training Resource Package for Family Planning; and more.

Some K4Health-managed websites (e.g., the Global Health: Science and Practice journal, POPLINE, and Photoshare) have additional policies that apply to their specific service models.

Privacy Notice

This section explains what information K4Health collects when you visit one of our websites, and how we handle that information. The information we receive depends on which sites you visit and what you do while you are there.

If you visit our site to read or download information:

We collect and store only the following information about you: the IP address of the device and network you are using to access the Internet (this also gives us a location, down to the city level); the date and time you access our site; which pages you view while you visit our website; the words you search for, if any (although search terms are not associated with individual users); and the type and version of your web browser and operating system.

We use the information we collect to count the number of visitors to the different sections and pages of our websites, to find out what information is most viewed, and to better prioritize our web development needs. This information helps us make our websites more useful. 

This gathering/storing of information is separate from the activity described as monitoring in our Security Notice.

If you identify yourself by sending us an e-mail message or a completed contact or order form:

If you decide to send us personally identifying information (such as your email address or mailing address), we will use that personally identifying information to respond to your comment or suggestion and to count the number of people sending us comments.

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide such information to us.

Cookies and other information stored on your computer

K4Health websites use cookies. Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your browser when you visit a website. Some aspects of website design rely on cookies to give you the best possible experience (for example, to show where you left off in a menu, or how far through a page you scrolled). We also set cookies from third-party applications such as Google Analytics (which gives us more information about site visits, without storing personally identifiable information) and AddThis (which helps us count how often website visitors share our content). This information helps us improve our websites.

Some examples of the cookies we use are listed below. This list is meant to be illustrative, not exhaustive.

Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential to enabling your use of our website and its features. Without these cookies, services we would provide (such as permitting log-in into the service) cannot be provided.

  • cookie-agreed: This cookie is set when you agree to our cookie policy.  It is set to expire a few months after you first receive it, so you are not asked about cookies every time you visit.
  • SSESS(number string): This is the Drupal session id on a secure site.  The string of numbers that follows SSESS is the encrypted session id.  This is necessary for a secure login.

Functionality Cookies: These cookies improve your experience by enabling certain features, such as highlighting your position in a site's navigation.


  • has-js: This cookie determines whether your browser has Javascript enabled, and is used to remember display preferences. It is deleted at the end of the session.
  • Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight: This cookie helps handle the consistent navigation of tabbed pages and forms across a range of different browsers. It is set when you use pages where information appears in tabbed format. It is set to expire a few months after it is deployed.

Analytics Cookies: These cookies help us learn how well our website and services are performing. We use these cookies to understand and improve our website content and services. Examples:

  • _ga: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session, and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default, it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customizable by website owners.
  • NID: Another Google cookie, this one contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English) and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.

You can access, manage, and delete cookies yourself, from your own browser. Please keep in mind that if you disable all cookies, certain portions of our websites may not work as intended. More information about cookies and cookie management can be found on and

Security Notice

For website security purposes (i.e., to keep information on our websites secure and to protected against hacking) and to ensure that our online services remain available to all users, the K4Health Project works with website hosts and uses software programs to monitor network traffic and identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Restrictions on Use

Except as noted on specific pages, information and publications presented on this website may not be copied and reused without permission from the Johns Hopkins University (see Copyright Notice). If you wish to republish or adapt any of our materials, contact us for permission. We typically give permission for nonprofit or non-commercial educational use of K4Health Project materials. However, some materials (particularly in Toolkits) are not the property of the Johns Hopkins University. These materials are clearly identified. Please contact the original sources, at the address given, for permission for use of these materials. We ask that original sources be cited as the source of any information obtained from this site. If no other source is indicated on or with the information you are using, credit the Johns Hopkins University.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this website are strictly prohibited and are subject to prosecution under Title 18 U.S.C., Sections1001 and 1030). [See Security Notice]

Copyright and Permissions

In general, content on this website is copyrighted. Copyright, unless otherwise specified, is held by the Johns Hopkins University.

What you may do without permission: Without asking our permission, you are welcome to print pages from K4Health websites, to print or save search results, and to download the files that are specifically offered in downloadable format (usually, .pdf, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, .xlsx). You may also use, with attribution to "Knowledge for Health Project, copyright the Johns Hopkins University", text from posted press releases and quotations from K4Health Project publications. You may also link to K4Health websites and their contents without permission; kindly let us know if you have done so.

What you must request permission to do: If you want to reproduce, republish, or incorporate other text or images from K4Health websites into other websites, publications, or other materials that you or others produce, contact us for permission. For all materials and information used from K4Health websites, we require that you credit original sources as given on specific pages. If no other specific source or authorship information is shown, please credit the "Knowledge for Health Project, copyright the Johns Hopkins University".

It is the user's responsibility to be aware of current copyright law and applications. The user agrees to indemnify the Johns Hopkins University from any costs or claims for infringement or copyright in relation to copies of images or text from K4Health websites. On most of our sites we link out to other websites; this copyright notice does not pertain to information at websites outside the K4Health web portfolio.

Specific conditions for Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers ( The publishers welcome requests to translate, adapt, reprint, or otherwise reproduce the material in Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers for the purposes of informing health care providers, their clients, and the general public and improving the quality of sexual and reproductive health care worldwide. Inquiries should be addressed to WHO Press, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland (fax: +41 22 791 48 06; e-mail: and the Knowledge for Health Project, CCP, 111 Market Place, Ste 310, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, USA (fax: +1 410 659-6266; e-mail:


Links to Other Sites

This website offers links to websites of other organizations which, we believe, may offer relevant information. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The documents posted on K4Health websites may contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for visitors' convenience. We do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of any linked information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to other websites is not intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed or commercial products or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites, by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise.

Reference in any K4Health website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the site's visitors, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the K4Health Project, the United States Government, or the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the Johns Hopkins University, the K4Health Project, CCP, the U.S. Government, or USAID, and shall not be used for advertising or to endorse products.

Disclaimer of Liability

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. We cannot guarantee that there will be no errors, however. We make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this website.

With respect to the content of this site, the Johns Hopkins University, the K4Health Project, CCP, the United States Government, USAID, or their employees and contractors make no warranty, expressed or implied or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third-party rights, title, and the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to content available from this website or other Internet resources linked from it. Additionally, the Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. Government, or USAID assume no legal liability for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, product, or process disclosed herein or freedom from computer viruses, and does not represent that use of such information, product, or process would not infringe on privately owned rights.

Other Disclaimers

The information provided on this website is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Government, or The Johns Hopkins University. In particular, the views and opinions expressed in the K4Health Blog are those of the individual contributors, are not official U.S. Government information, and do not necessarily represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Government, The Johns Hopkins University, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Center for Communication Programs, or the K4Health Project as an entity.

For More Information

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please contact the K4Health Project:

Center for Communication Programs | Knowledge for Health Project | 111 Market Place, Suite 310 | Baltimore, MD, 21202 | USA

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