Use of the PAHO Internet site constitutes acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.  In case of any discrepancy between the Spanish and English versions or any other language translations of this text, the Spanish text will prevail.

PAHO reserves the right to take legal action to stop infractions or non-compliance with the present Terms and Conditions.

PAHO can modify these Terms and Conditions at its discretion and publish the modifications on the current site.  Use of the PAHO site after these changes constitutes acceptance of the new Terms and Conditions by the user. 

PAHO reserves the exclusive right to cancel access to any user for infraction of the rights or non-compliance with the present Terms and Conditions.

Creative Commons License CC BY-NC 3.0

By using this site and its materials, the user agrees to comply with, among others, the following obligations:

  • To recognize and credit the work in the manner specified by PAHO (but not in a way that suggests association, affiliation, sponsorship or support);
  • Not to use the material for promotional or advertising purposes;
  • If the materials are modified or a new document is created, it can only be distributed under the same terms of this Creative Commons license.

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Use of the PAHO name

The PAHO name, acronym or logo and its brand are protected by international copyright law.  Except for purposes of author attribution required under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 3.0, the PAHO name, etc. cannot be used without previous expressed or written authorization by PAHO.  The PAHO name, acronym, logo and brand cannot be used for promotional purposes or in any form that indicates, suggests or can be interpreted as an association, affiliation, sponsorship or support by PAHO. 

Limitation of Responsibility

Materials published on this site are provided without any type of guarantee, explicit or implicit.  PAHO does not offer guarantees nor attests to the accuracy or validity of the information or materials herein provided. PAHO can periodically modify material contained on this site without prior notice.  Under no circumstance is the Organization responsible for the losses and/or damages that can presumably be derived from use of this site or its materials.  Users must use this site at their own risk.  In no case is PAHO responsible for damages, even if the damages could have been averted.

PAHO reserves the right to modify or discontinue any materials made available to the public through this site, with or without prior notice.  Use by designated countries or territories does not indicate agreement on the part of PAHO with relation to the legal situation of a country or territory, of its authorities and institutions, nor recognition of any border.

PAHO will not be responsible for any harm or loss that can be derived or related to the use of the site or materials herein, even in the cases of inappropriate, improper or fraudulent use. Nor will PAHO be responsible for the accuracy, availability or validity of the information contained herein.

PAHO does not offer any guarantees concerning the available materials on the site and will not be responsible for any computer virus or program that can affect the functioning of computers or systems.

Some materials that the user can access from this site are third party titles. PAHO does not guarantee the ownership of these and will not be responsible before the user or third parties for any claim derived from its use.  It is possible that some materials on the site are accessed through external links not managed by PAHO.  These links are included as references and their incorporation does not imply approval or endorsement on the part of PAHO.  PAHO does not assume responsibility for the information contained on these sites.

Use of this site implies that the user accepts to indemnify PAHO and its affiliates of any legal action, claim, harm, loss and/or expenditure (including lawyer fees) that are derived from such use.

Privileges and Immunities

None of what is expressed herein constitutes or can be interpreted as relinquishment, expressed or tacit, of the privileges, immunities or exemptions that PAHO employs, in accordance with the International Law, treaties or international agreements, or legislation of its Member Countries.

Opportunities for Dialogue

PAHO can offer opportunities for virtual dialogue and other communication tools.  By use of these instruments, the user must agree to abstain from the following:

  1. To defame, insult, harass, threaten or assume any type of behavior that violates the rights of others;
  2. Disseminate, publish, or distribute information or materials that are defamatory, obscene, indecent, illicit or immoral;
  3. Upload to the site or send as archived annex messages that contain computer programs or materials protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) without having the authorization;
  4. Not include reference to the author or legal reports, to lie about the origin or to present information as your own or other archived materials from the site;
  5. Announce or sell services or goods, or conduct or promote surveys, competitions or chain letters, or disengage an archived forum for another use other than known, or that cannot be distributed illicitly.

The user recognizes that the opportunities for dialogue constitute an environment of public, not private, communication.  At the same time, the user recognizes that the dialogues and materials published on the site do not have the support of PAHO and are not considered to be reviewed, examined or approved by PAHO.


We confirm that the VCPH is a strategy of PAHO’s technical cooperation and that the certificates issued by the VCPH do not constitute recognition of academic credit.

Claims by Possible Infractions

PAHO will make an effort to impede illicit activities on this site and any activity against the Terms and Conditions contained herein.  Nevertheless, if you believe that information or materials contained on this site could violate your rights or the rights of others, including, without limitation, intellectual property rights, please contact PAHO by sending a detailed description of the alleged violation to the following email address:

Resolution of Conflict Disputes

Resolution of any conflict dispute, controversy or claim that arises from use of this site or its materials will be resolved in a friendly manner between PAHO and the user.  If the disputes or controversies cannot be solved by friendly resolution within sixty (60) days after receipt of the request by one of the parties, such dispute, controversy or claim will be sent by either of the parties to arbitration in accordance with the Rules of Arbitration of the United Nations Commission for International Commercial Law (UNCITRAL).  The arbitral tribunal is not authorized to impose punitive damages.   Any arbitral award issued in view of the aforementioned arbitration will be regarded as the definitive judgment of the dispute, controversy or claim and will be considered valid by both parties.

If the user does not agree with the above Terms and Conditions, then the user should refrain from using this site and any materials contained herein.