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Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday. The U.S. Government’s Contribution to A Promise Renewed.

Privacy Policy

This explains how the 5th Birthday website will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

If you visit our site to only view or download presented information, we only collect and store the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet; your operating system and browser type/version; the date and time you access our site; the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site; and what information you view while you visit our website.

We do not collect or track any personal information through these processes. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, find out what information is the most viewed, and help us make our website more useful to visitors.

Information You Provide to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

You do not have to provide any personal information to view this website. You may choose to provide your personal information to USAID in order to add identifying information to your photo and message post for the snapshot gallery. USAID will only use your personal information for the purpose for which it was provided. Any photos submitted to 5th Birthday will be considered to be in the public domain and all rights to restrict the use of the submitted photo on the 5th Birthday website or any third-party sharing and/or posting over social media channels, by the submitter or those pictured, will be considered waved. However, if a submitter or pictured individual wishes a photo removed from USAID servers or USAID moderated, publically exposed, social media and Flickr pages, 5th Birthday will do its best to accommodate this request.

Our newsletter is sent using a third-party e-mail distribution system. In this case, the e-mail privacy policy will be available to you at the time you sign up for the newsletter. A link will be provided at the bottom of each newsletter with instructions on how to unsubscribe.

Cookies and Other Information Stored on Your Computer

This site does NOT use the "cookies" that some websites use to gather and store information about your visits to their sites.

Cookies are essentially tokens of information, such as preferences and passwords that some web servers collect from you when you access them. That data is stored on your hard drive – not on the website's server. Whenever you visit a "cookie" site, the server looks for its cookie on your hard drive and, if found, then reads the information it stored there.

However, this site DOES use "session cookies," which allow quicker transfer of information from the 5th Birthday website server to the user. A session cookie, or "memory cookie," is a temporary block of information stored in the memory of your computer. Regular cookies are files stored on your computer, while session cookies are deleted when you close your browser.

Cookies – Tier 1 (single session) and Tier 2 (multisession without PII) – are used on in compliance with OMB Memorandum 10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF). does not use Tier 3 (multisession with PII) cookies.

Cookies may also be set by the following third-party providers on

  • Google Analytics: A Tier 2 cookie sets when a page is loaded and is used to improve web metrics capabilities.
  • YouTube: A Tier 2 cookie sets when a video is played and is used to maintain the integrity of video statistics.

Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information. You can remove or block cookies by changing the settings of your browser. For opt-out instructions relating to cookies, please visit

Further, some of the links on the 5th Birthday website point to non-USAID sites, which may place cookies on your computer. If you want to avoid such cookies, we encourage you to set your browser to notify you when cookies are being set and allow you to reject them. Your system's help files will explain how to do this.

Security Notice

For SITE SECURITY purposes and to ensure this service remains available to all users, this computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to 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.

We generally will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site unless you choose to provide such information to us.

If monitoring reveals evidence of possible criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to law enforcement personnel.

General Disclaimer

Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied freely unless identified as being subject to copyright protection. In return, we request only that USAID be cited as the source of any information, photos, and images copied from this site and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The documents posted on this website 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 websites other than a USAID-managed website is not intended to assign importance to those sites and the information contained therein, nor is it intended to endorse, recommend, or favor any views expressed, or commercial products or services offered on those outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites, by trade name, trademark, manufacture, or otherwise.

Disclaimer of Liability

Every effort is made to provide accurate and complete information. However, with the many of documents available, often uploaded within short deadlines, we cannot guarantee there will be no errors. 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. Please see the Terms of Use for more detail.

Links to This Website or Its Contents

You may freely link to this website or any of its content. We ask only that you identify that the link is to an Internet resource.

Links to Other Sites

The 5th Birthday website has links to United States Government agencies and to private organizations that we believe are relevant to our agency's mission. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the disclaimers and security and privacy policies of the new site.

Copyright Notice

Unless a copyright is indicated, information on this website is in the public domain and may be reproduced, published or otherwise used without USAID's permission. We request that USAID be cited as the source of the information and that any photo credits or bylines be similarly credited to the photographer or author or USAID, as appropriate.

If a copyright is indicated on a photo, graphic, or any other material, permission to copy these materials must be obtained from the original source.

This copyright notice does not pertain to information on websites other than this website.

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., Sections 1001 and 1030).

Site Management

The USAID Global Health Bureau manages the overall information content, design, and organization of this website.

Accessing Documents in Different File Formats

Some documents on are in portable document format (PDF), so you can view publications in their original format regardless of the type of computer, browser, or operating system you use to access the Internet. In order to view, navigate through, and print PDF documents, you must first download the free Acrobat Reader software. For best results, you should install version 3.0 or later. Visit the Adobe Reader Help and Support page for troubleshooting tips. If you use a screen reader, you may want to visit Adobe's Reader accessibility page, which has a user's guide for accessing PDF documents with assistive technology.


USAID is committed to providing access to all individuals seeking information on To provide this information, this site has been built to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 requires that all individuals with disabilities (whether federal employees or members of the general public) have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us. If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, Braille reader, etc.) and have trouble accessing information on this site, please contact us with the nature of the problem, the URL (web address) of the information you tried to access, and your contact information. We will contact you as soon as possible and do what we can to provide you with the information you need.

Third-Party Websites and Applications


5th Birthday maintains a Facebook presence. The privacy policies for Facebook are located on its pages.

On each of the 5th Birthday Facebook pages, 5th Birthday staff post news and other items of interest to users. If you have a Facebook account or “Like” 5th Birthday Facebook pages, you can post comments or click on the “Like” option for individual entries. If you comment or click on the “Like” button, personally identifying information will be visible to 5th Birthday staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of visible personal information will depend on your own Facebook privacy settings. You can avoid displaying any personally identifiable information by not creating an account, not posting comments, and not clicking on the “Like” options in Facebook.

5th Birthday staff do not collect, use, or disclose any information about visitors who comment or "Like" the 5th Birthday Facebook pages. Facebook collects and reports on non-personally identifiable information about activities on Facebook pages. This information is password protected and only available to 5th Birthday managers and communications staff. (See Facebook Privacy Policy.)


5th Birthday maintains a moderated image-sharing photostream on 5th Birthday communications staff share and post photos, educational images, event promotions, and campaigns on the 5th Birthday Flickr photostream. We use Flickr analytics to demonstrate the frequency with which images are viewed. The information is used internally by 5th Birthday communications staff. You can view images in the Flickr photostream without creating a Flickr account. In this case, no personally identifiable information is collected unless provided by you in our Add Photo form. Photos you provide using the Add Photo form will be held on 5th Birthday servers for the purpose of facilitating the transfer to Flickr only. These photos may be displayed on the 5th Birthday website only if chosen by the moderator and will otherwise be deleted and used for no other purpose. If you create a Flickr account, you must give some personal information to Flickr, such as your name, user name, password, and e-mail address. You have the option to provide additional personal information, including a short biography, location, or a picture. 5th Birthday staff never access or use the personal information of Flickr members. 5th Birthday does not collect, maintain, disclose, or share any information about people who subscribe to the 5th Birthday photostream. The privacy policy for Flickr is available at


5th Birthday uses Twitter to send short messages (up to 140 characters) or “Tweets” to share information about 5th Birthday with our audiences and respond to comments and inquiries sent via Twitter to 5th Birthday. While users may read the 5th Birthday Twitter feeds without subscribing to them, users who want to subscribe to (or follow) 5th Birthday Twitter feeds must create a Twitter account at

To create an account, you must provide some personal information, such as your name, user name, password, and e-mail address. You have the option to provide additional personal information, including a short biography, location, or a picture. Most information you provide for a Twitter account is available to the public, but you can modify how much of your information is visible by changing your privacy settings on the Twitter website.

5th Birthday staff members monitor the number of subscribers and respond to comments and queries via Twitter, but they never use the personal information of 5th Birthday Twitter followers. 5th Birthday does not collect, maintain, disclose, or share any information about people who follow 5th Birthday on Twitter. See the Twitter Privacy Policy at htttp://


5th Birthday videos introduce users to many different aspects of the research that 5th Birthday supports and connect them to our research-based information resources. Some videos feature stories from researchers, patients, and caregivers. Others describe 5th Birthday major research programs. Most of these videos are available on the 5th Birthday website as well. The YouTube Privacy Policy is available at

To be notified when 5th Birthday adds new videos, users with YouTube accounts can subscribe to the 5th Birthday channel. 5th Birthday staff members monitor the number of subscribers and may respond to comments and queries on YouTube, but they do not collect, maintain, disclose, or share any information about people who follow 5th Birthday on YouTube.

Verification or Hard Copy of Content

If you would like verification or a hard copy of information released on this website, contact our staff:
Knowledge Management Services II (KMS II)
Suite 440
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-660-1860
Fax: 202-216-0990

For More Information

If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please e-mail