Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why

Submission of Articles

When you submit your articles for publications to us through, information on your name, email address, profession and current place of work are collected.

Additionally, on special request,  a user may be registered on our website to facilitate his/her writing on our platform. In such a case, personal information on the registration form will be stored.


When visitors leave comments on our website, we store the details in the comments form, and also the IP address and browser user agent string of the visitor to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:

After approval of your comment(s), your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment(s).


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website. So be informed about this risk as we may not be able to control visitors’ access to such location information and how they ultimately use it.

Contact Forms

When you contact us, we store the personal details you enter in the contact form.


If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded contents from third party websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor had visited the website containing the embedded content.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


To improve your experience on our site, we may use cookies. Cookies are an industry standard and most major websites use them. A cookie is a small text file that our site may place on your computer as a tool to remember your preferences. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser; however, remember if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

Our website uses Google Analytics, a service that transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. We use reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage.

Third-party links, information collection and use by our users

AfricaHealthDesk may provide links to third-party websites. Please note that we do not control the information, policies or practices of these third-party sites. Thus, you should review the privacy policies of such third-party websites to learn about how they collect and use personal information.

In particular, also note that this website contains aggregated information from different sources. When you are linked back to such websites, they also collect information about you. You may wish to familiarize yourself with the privacy policies and terms of use of such websites to see what and how they collect and use information when you visit their websites.

You may also log in to some of our services using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect or an Open ID provider. These services will authenticate your identity and provide you with the option to share certain personal information with us, such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form.

For example, if you take advantage of certain of our social media features, such as the Facebook Like button, and widgets, such as the “Share This” button or interactive mini-programs that run on our site, the applicable social networking sites may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our websites, and may set a cookie to enable it to function properly.


AfricaHealthDesk does not target users who are under 18. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under 18. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided AfricaHealthDesk with personal information without such a parent or guardian’s consent, he or she should contact us. If we become aware that a child under 18 has provided us with personal information, we will delete such information from our files.

Who we share your data with

AfricaHealthDesk shares your personal information with our partners and third-party service providers, authorized users by you and any other person, governmental and non-governmental organizations, in case of a legal process.

Sharing with our partners

AfricaHealthDesk may share your personal information with certain third-party affiliates, including marketing and advertising associates, that information includes your name, email address and other information enabling partners to:

  • help you to use our services
  • reach you with offers, products, and services that may interest you
  • offer you their products and/or services.

Further, our partners are forbidden from using your information for any purpose other than those set forth above without your consent. We will not provide our partners with your payment information.

In the event we collect information from you in connection with an offer that is jointly presented by us and a partner, we will let you know who is collecting the information and whose privacy policy applies, as well as any options you may have regarding the use of your information.

Sharing with third-party service providers

Infrequently, AfricaHealthDesk may enter into agreement with carefully selected third parties and use certain third-party plugins in developing this website, so that they can assist us in serving you better (for example, helping us to with fraud detection, spam detection, customers service, etc.) and /or to assist us in our own marketing and advertising activities.

Such agreements with third parties forbid them from using any of your personal information for any other reason beyond the purpose for which it is agreed upon without your permission.

AfricaHealthDesk may also share your non-personal information with certain third parties, including the media, industry observers, marketing and advertising partners, vendors, customers, potential customers or partners. Such information is usually limited to your behaviour on the use of internet services.

Authorized Persons

All persons authorized by you to have access to your account can view personal information stored in the account. A primary account holder can view personal information saved in subaccounts to which they have authorized access.

We share information about authorized users only for legitimate purposes consistent with this privacy policy, including servicing your account and marketing products and services to you.

Legal Process

If legally compelled, or if we have a good faith and belief that such disclosure is reasonably necessary, we may disclose your personal information to courts of law, law enforcement authorities and other relevant third parties, such as internet service providers, to conduct an investigation, respond to a third party or law enforcement subpoena or court order, bring legal action, prevent harm to others or pursue other relief when you or a third party are or may be:

  • violating our terms and conditions of use;
  • causing injury or other harm to, or otherwise violating the property or other legal rights, of us, other users, or third parties; or
  • violating federal, state, local, or other applicable law.

To the extent we are legally permitted to do so, it is our policy to notify you in the event that we are required to provide your personal information to third parties in connection with a subpoena.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

When you visit our website, our advertising partners collect information about your behaviour online so as to enhance your experience. In such a case, you can learn how to opt out of such services on the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) website for further information.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Terms of Use

Your use of means that you accept the terms set out in this Privacy Policy. You may choose not to proceed with the use of our website. Your continued use of the site indicates that you fully comply with all the details set out on this page – and we thank you for that!

Changes to our Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this privacy policy at any time, so please review it frequently. If we decide to change this privacy policy in any material way, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on 

In all cases, your continued use of any services constitutes acceptance to any such changes.

Our Contact Information

To help you with questions concerning your privacy and how we use data we collect from you, we have opened a dedicated email to serve your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact us through this page.

—–Africa Health Desk—–

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