OpenWHO is WHO’s new, interactive, web-based platform that offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to people preparing to work in health emergencies or already doing so.
OpenWHO transfers often life-saving expertise from WHO and its key partners to front-line responders.
WHO’s strengths include its global expertise and convening power. The OpenWHO platform delivers WHO’s and partners’ expertise closer to where it is needed and provides information in user-friendly formats. The platform is managed by the World Health Organization, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Learning and Capacity Development in Geneva, Switzerland.
Users take part in a worldwide, social learning network that is based on interactive, online courses and materials covering a variety of subjects. OpenWHO also serves as a forum for the timely sharing of public health expertise and in-depth discussion and feedback.
The OpenWHO website, and, unless expressly stated otherwise, all content therein, is © World Health Organization, 2020. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise indicated herein, WHO owns and shall retain all right, title and interest in and to OpenWHO, including all intellectual property rights embodied therein, including all of the service marks, trademarks, trade names or any other designations associated with OpenWHO and all copyrights, patent rights, trade secret rights, and other proprietary rights relating to OpenWHO.
WHO reserves the right to cancel, interrupt, reschedule, or modify any OpenWHO content, including courses, at any time.
Participation in, or completion of, an OpenWHO course does not confer any academic credit.
You are permitted to use OpenWHO for your personal, non-commercial use.
You are prohibited from using OpenWHO:
You are further not permitted to do any of the following with or relating to OpenWHO:
WHO may screen or monitor content provided by users, and may remove or edit inappropriate content or activity reported to us or suspend, disable, or terminate a user's access to all or part of OpenWHO.
OpenWHO enables you to share your content, such as posts you make in the forums ("User Content"), with OpenWHO, instructors, and/or other users. You retain all intellectual property rights in, and are responsible for, the User Content you share.
WHO welcomes your suggestions, ideas, comments, and other feedback regarding OpenWHO. By submitting any feedback, you grant WHO the right to use the feedback without any restriction or any compensation to you. By accepting your feedback, WHO does not waive any rights to use similar or related feedback previously known to WHO, developed by its employees or contractors, or obtained from other sources.
WHO does not guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat its security measures.
Through OpenWHO, you may have the ability to access and/or use content provided by instructors, other users, and/or other third parties, including user postings on the OpenWHO site, and links to websites and materials maintained by third parties.
The views expressed in such third party content do necessarily represent the decisions or the stated policy of WHO.
WHO cannot guarantee that such third party content will be free of material you may find objectionable or otherwise inappropriate or of malware or other contaminants that may harm your computer, mobile device, or any files therein.
WHO disclaims any responsibility or liability related to your access or use of such third party content, and is not responsible for the accuracy, usefulness, reliability or intellectual property rights of such third party material, including any user postings.
You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed to third party material, including user postings, that is inaccurate, offensive, defamatory, indecent or objectionable and you waive any rights or remedies you have or may have against WHO with respect thereto.
Any inclusion or use of any third party content in OpenWHO does not imply that such third party content is endorsed or recommended by WHO, including in preference to others of a similar nature.
Certain reference documents, articles, or other information on OpenWHO may be used with the permission of third parties, and use of that information is subject to certain rules and conditions, which will be posted along with the information. By using OpenWHO you agree to abide by all such rules and conditions.
WHO may provide for certificates of completion of certain courses on OpenWHO, pursuant to WHO’s rules and regulations and at WHO’s sole discretion. Such certificates are provided as part of WHO’s organizational mission in health and to OpenWHO participants on an individual, non-commercial basis, without any requirement of fee or other consideration.
Should you obtain such a certificate, you represent that you have completed all examinations and requirements for that certificate yourself.
Recipients of certificates are not permitted to make reference to the WHO name or emblem, or to use such certificate in any commercial or promotional activity.
Records of your participation in OpenWHO courses may be used for education research. In the interest of this research, you may be exposed to variations in the course content. Research findings will typically be reported at the aggregate level. Your personal identity will not be publicly disclosed in any research findings without your express consent.
WHO may add or remove functions, features, or requirements to OpenWHO and may suspend or stop OpenWHO or any part thereof at any time at its sole discretion.
Accordingly, WHO may terminate your use of OpenWHO for any reason. Neither WHO nor any other affiliated entity shall have any liability to you for any such action.
You may cease using OpenWHO at any time.
In no case shall you use the WHO name or emblem, or any abbreviation thereof, or state or imply that WHO endorses or is affiliated with you, or your organization, or that WHO endorses any entity, organization, company, or product. All requests to use the WHO name and/or emblem require advance written approval of WHO.
You participate and use OpenWHO, including its course materials, at your own risk.
WHO disclaims all liability and responsibility related to OpenWHO, its content, and any use or activity related or resulting thereto.
While WHO will endeavour to keep the content of OpenWHO and its courses up-to-date, WHO makes no representations regarding the completeness or accuracy of any of the information provided in OpenWHO, including any OpenWHO course content. In that respect, and without limitation, WHO hereby notifies you of the following non-exclusive risks and known issues related to OpenWHO:
WHO provides OpenWHO “as is”, and does not represent that OpenWHO is operational, appropriate for your use, complete, accurate, free of defects, virus free, able to operate on an uninterrupted basis, or appropriate for your technical system.
WHO makes no warranty with respect to OpenWHO, and disclaims all statutory or implied warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process related to OpenWHO, including, without limitation, to any warranty of design or fitness for a particular purpose, even if WHO has been informed of such purpose.
Any designations employed or material contained in OpenWHO do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of WHO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
Any mention of specific companies or of certain manufacturers’ products in OpenWHO does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by WHO in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. Errors and omissions excepted, the names of proprietary products are distinguished by initial capital letters.
WHO shall not be liable for any loss or damage arising directly or indirectly in connection with, or resulting from, your use of OpenWHO.
WHO further expressly excludes liability for any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages which may arise in respect of OpenWHO and its use, and the results thereof.
You shall indemnify, hold harmless, and defend at your own expense WHO, its officers, agents, and employees from and against any claims, demands, causes of action, and liability of any nature or kind resulting from or relating to your use of OpenWHO.
Nothing contained herein or related to OpenWHO in any respect shall be construed as a waiver of any of the privileges and immunities enjoyed by the World Health Organization under national or international law, and/or as submitting the World Health Organization to any national court jurisdiction.
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