Membership Agreement

The Commonwealth Health Hub Membership Agreement

Rules of Participation | “Creative Commons” | Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy

Rules of Participation

Joining the Health Hub is free, voluntary and open to anyone interested in contributing advice, experience and expertise for use by others, or for adapting others’ advice, experience and expertise for their own use.
In becoming a member of this Community you hereby agree to follow these seven basic Rules of Participation:

1. Contributions from members are primarily for the purpose of sharing advice, experience and expertise relating to development challenges. The Community’s mailgroup should not be used as a discussion forum for promoting or advocating particular views, opinions or political positions. Dialogue and debate can be done more effectively through the many other community discussion forums available.

2. The Health Community is a network of professional peers and not of organizations. Messages posted to Health Hub represent the personal views of the members and not the positions of the agencies they are employed by.

3. Contributions should be provided in a positive and constructive manner, and not as to intentionally defame or discredit the views of another individual or group.

4. Contributions to the mailgroup become public property and are freely available for others to cite or use as they choose, although members are encouraged to acknowledge the original contributor as a courtesy. Attachments or citations offered with these contributions retain the permissions associated with the material unless they are archived in the Health Hub repository, where they acquire the rights associated with the Health Hub material as indicated in the Terms and Conditions of Use.

5. To ensure adherence to the above rules, messages sent to this mailgroup go first to the mailgroup moderator, who is responsible for reviewing and approving messages to be posted. In carrying out these functions, the moderator reserves the right to edit and/or withhold messages that are found not to be appropriate for posting. Before a message is withheld or heavily edited, the moderator will notify and/or consult with the sender.

6. In posting edited and unedited messages or incorporating these messages into synthesized responses, The Commonwealth accepts no responsibility for their veracity or authenticity. Members intending to use or transmit the information contained in these messages should be aware that they are relying on their own judgment.

7. Users also agree to adhere to the legal rights associated with using these mailgroup forums and with the Health Hub websites. Legal terms and conditions governing the use of these forums, the websites and the material contained therein are spelled out in the Terms and Conditions for Membership, below. The Privacy Policy, also below, describes how the information you provide to the mailgroup forums or websites are used.

Creative Commons – Health Hub’s Intellectual Property license

Posting ideas and examples on a space sponsored by The Commonwealth brings them into the public domain. In order to ensure that contributors are sufficiently recognized for their ideas and innovations, the Health Hub has a “Creative Commons” license. Creative Commons offers a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors and artists, building upon the “all rights reserved” of traditional copyright to create a voluntary “some rights reserved” copyright. This form of licensing, used by “Open Content” advocates worldwide, allows authors and artists to determine the terms and conditions for sharing their intellectual property. For more information on the Creative Commons concept, visit their site at


The Creative Commons license for Education Hub is “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International” (CC-BY-NC-SA). This license lets others build upon your work, except for commercial reasons, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. All new works based on yours will carry the same license. This simply means that if you got an idea or material from the Health Hub you should give the Commonwealth Health Hub and the original contributor credit, and if you further develop this idea or material you should return the favor and post it on the Health Hub as well. “Non commercial” means that you can use the work for non-profit purposes only, unless you get permission from the Commonwealth Health Hub and the original contributor.

An Open Content model means that instead of profiting from the sale of your work, you profit from the fact that your name stays associated with the work. An Open Content approach is also in keeping with the spirit of sharing; rather than protecting your intellectual property, you are widening the field of professional peers who give recognition to your ideas, thereby enhancing your status and reputation.

Terms and Conditions for Membership to the Health Hub

The Health Hub is a Voluntary Knowledge Sharing space initiated by the Commonwealth Secretariat, designed to enable individuals working in the development sector to share useful knowledge, best practices and learn from each other in a spirit of collaboration.

Your use of the Health Hub websites and /or your membership to the Heawlth Community is governed by the following terms and conditions.

You hereby agree that to become a member of any community of practice within the Health  Hub, you have read, understood and agree to comply with the terms and conditions of membership.
Membership to Education Community is available only to individuals, and not to organizations.

1. Registration and Membership

1.1 This agreement binds all registered members of the Health Community, and to the extent applicable, to all general users of the Health Hub websites.

1.2 Some or all of the pages on the Health Hub websites may be accessed only by use of a password, which will be provided to you when it is applicable. The information supplied by you in connection with your registration is subject to Health Hub’s privacy policy. You agree not to share your password with anyone and to take reasonable care to protect your password from unauthorized disclosure. You agree promptly to report to the Facilitator of the Health Hub any known, suspected, or anticipated compromise of your password.

1.3 In the event that you are employed by an organization, you hereby warrant that you are authorized under the terms of your employment or contract to enter into this agreement.

1.4 Health Hub may amend these terms and conditions at any time simply by posting an amended version on this site and may make any amendment effective as it deems appropriate. It is your responsibility regularly to review these terms and conditions and to acquaint yourself with any changes.

1.5 Registration or usage of the site constitutes an irrevocable waiver of any claim that you did not read, understand, or agree to these terms and conditions.

2. Rights and Obligations of Membership to Health Hub and Health Community

2.1 By registering as a member with Health Hub and by agreeing to the terms and conditions, you will be entitled to participate in Health Community.

2.2 Only members shall be entitled to post queries to a Community, whose moderators shall at their absolute discretion forward the query to the entire Community. Members shall also be entitled to reply to queries in the form of sharing their experiences, examples, insights, best practices, offering suggestions and providing additional knowledge and / or information and resources.

2.3 Health Hub hereby reserves the absolute right of editorial discretion in the creation of a compilation of relevant answers known as a “Response Summary” which shall then be posted to the Community and retained on the Community’s Website.

3. Copyright

3.1 The Health Hub copyright is owned by The Commonwealth Secretariat.

3.2 In keeping with the spirit of voluntary information exchange, all materials and information available in Health Hub shall be governed by the terms and conditions laid out in the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike Agreement (“Creative Commons License”). The Creative Commons license grants all users the right to use, distribute, modify and redistribute the information, for non-commercial purposes, and provided that adequate credit is given to the author of the work.

3.3 Any person posting either a query or a reply, or any other information to the site shall retain their copyright over such information, but explicitly agree that by posting any information to Health Hub, the information is licensed under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License.

3.4 It shall be the duty and obligation of every member posting either a query or a reply to read and understand the Creative Commons license, and your participation and/ or use of the site shall imply that you have read and agreed to be bound by the Creative Commons license, in relation to any material or information posted by you.

3.5 In the event that any member has a doubt about the terms and conditions laid down by the Creative Commons license it shall be his/ her duty to ensure that they seek a legal opinion or clarification about the same. All the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons license shall be construed as being supplemental to this agreement and shall be interpreted harmoniously with this agreement.

3.6 In the event that Health Hub uses any material or information posted by any member it shall provide adequate credit to the member. Members also agree that the Health Hub will invest a lot of skill and judgment and value in creating the Response Summary, and shall accordingly be the owner of the copyright in the Response Summary.

3.7 In the event that any member uses or distributes any Response Summary in its totality, it shall provide Health Hub’s full credit in the manner prescribed by the Health Hub. Specifically, re-users of this material must cite as their source The Commonwealth Health Hub as well as the item’s recommender, if relevant, and must share any derivative work with the Health  Community.

4. Obligations of Members

4.1 Members agree that Health Hub is designed to provide you and other members an opportunity to exchange ideas and information. By posting or submitting material to Health Hub, you represent that you have all necessary rights in and to such material and that such material will not infringe on any personal or proprietary rights of any third parties. You hereby agree to authorize the right to view, use, and distribute such material in any manner and in any medium, in perpetuity and as per Clause 3 of this agreement.

4.2 Members agree that they shall not post, transmit, or otherwise distribute on or through this site any material that may be unlawful, obscene, offensive, defamatory, threatening, or infringing of any copyright or other rights of others.

4.3 Members may not post, transmit or otherwise distribute any virus, worm, or other code that may be damaging to software or hardware.

4.4 Members may not advertise or solicit on these pages without Health Hub’s express permission.

4.5 If you breach any of these terms and conditions, you are obligated to hold the Health Hub or the Commonwealth Secretariat harmless from, and to indemnify it against all liabilities and costs of any and every sort resulting from your breach.

4.6 The Health Hub reserves the right to remove any content from the site at any time, for any reason (including, but not limited to, upon receipt of claims or allegations from third parties or authorities relating to such content or if  the Health Hub is concerned that user may have breached the immediately preceding sentence).

5. Representations, Warranties and Disclaimers

5.1 All members of the Health Community hereby expressly agree that the Health Hub is a voluntary platform for sharing knowledge of different individuals, and is not intended to provide prescriptive advice or consultancy services. The knowledge that is shared or made available on the site shall not be construed directly or indirectly as prescriptive advice or consultancy.

5.2 While the Health Hub shall use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that the information available in the Response Summaries is accurate and useful, it shall not be liable for any loss or suffering caused as a result of relying on such information.

5.3 Members agree that the Health Hub will not be able to monitor, verify or endorse all information or material submitted as a query or a reply, by any member. Members should therefore be aware that such information may be inaccurate, incomplete or out of date.

5.4 We hereby disclaim all warranties and representations (whether express or implied) as to the accuracy of any information contained on the website or posted through a Response Summary. We do not guarantee that such information will be fault free and do not accept liability for any errors or omissions.

5.5 In no event shall the Health Hub or The Commonwealth Secretariat be liable for any loss of profit, revenues, goodwill, opportunity, business, anticipated savings or other indirect or consequential loss of any kind in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise arising out of use of either the websites or information posted in the Response Summary. The subscriber acknowledges that use of the data requires the subscriber to use of its own skill and judgment.

5.6 The Health Hub disclaims all liability for any losses suffered or claims arising from an inability to access the websites for any reason whatsoever.

5.7 All members warrant that they have all the necessary skill and judgment required to understand the information and material available on the websites or posted to them, and undertake at all times to exercise their own judgment in the use of such information and shall be solely liable for all decision, opinions, recommendations, forecasts or comments made or any action taken in reliance on such information.

5.8 The ideas and information posted by members and used by the Health Hub in its Response Summaries or other knowledge products based on Response Summaries do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Health Hub or the Commonwealth Secretariat.

5.9 The Health Hub reserves the absolute right, which it may or may not exercise, to review, edit, or delete any material that it deems to be inappropriate or in violation of these terms and conditions. It further has the absolute right, in its sole discretion, to deny or to withdraw access to anyone who violates these terms and conditions.

5.10 The Health Hub may provide through the site or the Response Summaries hypertext links to other internet sites. By providing or permitting such a linking service, the Health Hub is not undertaking any responsibility or liability for any third party information or publications available on the internet, even if accessed through the Health Hub.

5.11 Members agree that these links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Health Hub of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Health Hub bears absolutely no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. It shall be the obligation of the member to contact the external site for any clarifications or answers to questions regarding its content.

5.12 In the event that any members redistribute any Response Summary or any part thereof, it shall be their duty to inform all third parties about the terms and conditions that apply to such information from this agreement as well as those arising out of the creative commons license.

5.13 Members hereby represent that they shall not post any information or idea for which they intend to seek a patent. Members warrant that they are aware that in the event that they do post any such information, it may be construed as prior publication for the purpose of patent law, thereby affecting their chances of being granted a patent.

6. Miscellaneous

6.1 The Health Hub may impose limits on certain features and services or restrict user’s access to parts or all of the services without notice or liability.

6.2 The Health Hub shall not be liable in any way for failure, interruption, delay or any other matters of the nature whatsoever arising out of war, rebellion, civil commotion, strikes, lock outs and industrial disputes; fire, explosion, earthquake, acts of god, flood, drought or bad weather; the failure of the system or the equipment or software; interruption to the data or problems associated with transmission or access by/to the system; the unavailability of material, information or data for or to update the database, system or software.

6.3 In the event that any or any part of the terms, conditions or provisions contained in this agreement is be determined by any competent authority to be invalid, unlawful or unenforceable to any extent, such term, condition or provision shall to that extent be severed from the remaining terms and conditions which shall continue to be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.

6.4 Members hereby agree that the Health Hub shall not have any special relationship of agency with, or any fiduciary duty to the Member or User. Members and Users acknowledge that they shall not be entitled to use any Trademark, any sign or symbol of the Health Hub without the prior written permission of the Health Hub, except to provide credit while using or distributing any material or information, as mandated by this agreement.


The Commonwealth Health Hub Privacy Policy

The Health Hub regards the privacy of its visitors and its members to be of utmost importance, and this privacy statement outlines the Health Hub’s commitment to your privacy.

Your use of the Health  Hub Website and Services is governed by the Membership Agreement and Terms and Conditions of usage. This Statement supplements the general terms and conditions of usage and is incorporated into and governed by all of the terms of the Agreement.

If you are merely visiting the website and not participating as a member, then the Health Hub will not solicit or collect any personal information or information regarding your use of the site. As a standard protocol, your IP address may be noted automatically on our registry.

However, if you register with the Health Hub as a member and participate in the Education Community, or register to receive the Health Hub material, you will be asked for personal information, such as your name, organization, designation, address, phone number and email address. This information is essential for us to ensure that you are a bona fide user. It will be maintained in a page on the relevant the Health  Hub website.

To achieve our stated goal of bringing education professionals together, we may create a list of members of the Health Community on their publicly accessible websites. This list is intended provide people contemplating joining the Community with sufficient information about the Community’s membership to enable them to make an informed choice. This list will not reveal your e-mail or contact address.

The availability of your information on the website and the Response Summaries (Please see our Terms and Conditions) is intended to facilitate other bona fide members to directly contact you or your organization. If any Health Community member wishes to contact another member, they have to request the Health Hub Facilitators to make the initial connection. If the request accepted by the intended recipient, they can chose to connect with each other in any manner decided mutually. The Health  Hub will not be responsible for actions arising out of such connections.

If you desire not to make the information specified above available either on the public website or to Community members, you can opt out by so informing the Community’s moderator.

The Health Hub will make Response Summaries available to non-registered users through its publicly viewable websites, including the information and documentary material provided by you which may include reports, expert recommendations and other proprietary knowledge. The websites may also make available information you provide about events and other items of interest to the Community. Material posted on our public websites will cite your name, organization and location, and will not include your e-mail or contact address.

You have the option of not revealing your identity when sending an e-mail or other contribution to the Health Hub. In such cases the Community’s moderator, on your request, will post your contribution anonymously and keep the source confidential.

To help us improve the Health Hub and foster a positive user experience, we may contact you and ask your opinion on areas related to our performance. We may document your feedback and provide it to the respective Facilitators, and use it for reporting purposes, but we will not reveal the source of this information without your permission. We will also seek your permission to use solicited or unsolicited feedback for purposes of publicity about the Health  Hub, including quotations for brochures or leaflets.

We assure you that the information provided by you shall only be used for bona fide purposes, and it shall not be commercialized or otherwise made available to any database service provider.
To facilitate us to constantly improve our services and understand the needs of our users and members, the Health Hub may implement software on our websites that enables us to track information about the nature of usage, navigation through site, services availed, queries posted and discussion frequented. Additional information may also be collected through small data pieces known as Cookies, stored on the Health Hub’s website, which may also be written to your computer system.

A cookie is a small piece of information stored by a website on your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are extensively used by most websites as a convenient way to store information it knows about you.

The information will be used internally only for website traffic analysis. If the User specifically provides unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this site, such information will only be used for statistical purposes and will not be published for general access. The Health  Hub can however assume no responsibility for the security of this information.

In addition, the Health Hub may also record your IP address, which is the Internet address of your computer, and information such as your browser type and operating system. This information enables us to learn about the geographical distribution of our website visitors and the technology they use to access our site. This information is never connected with the personal information you supply to us if you register on our website.

In the event that the Health Hub desires to use your information for any offline purpose, we shall seek your permission before doing so.