Privacy Policy

Be-cause health is an informal and pluralistic platform and is open to institutional and individual members. The purpose of the website and platform is to connect stakeholders such as academic institutes, development organisations, NGOs and government services with the aim of improving international healthcare. In order to achieve this, we need to process personal data from you. This privacy policy describes how we do this.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is the responsible data controller and processes your personal data in compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. ITM makes every effort to treat your data as confidentially and securely as possible. We take appropriate security measures to limit the risk of unauthorised access, loss or disclosure.

Wen you register as a member of the Be-cause health platform, you agree with the processing of your personal data as explained in this privacy statement. 

Which personal data do we collect and process?

We only collect and process the personal data which are necessary to provide the services we deliver and that you agree with. This concerns identification data such as your name, your e-mail address, your profession and affiliation or organisation you work for. 

What do we use your personal data for?

Your personal data is primarily used to offer you the services of the Be-cause health platform as described on the website. We do not use your data for any other purposes. Parts of your personal data can also be used for statistical purposes (minimised and anonymised) on membership, the reach of the newsletters and the reach and the use of the website (see also the cookie policy). 

Who do we share your personal data with?

Your personal data are collected and treated to realise the aimed service delivery within the Be-cause health platform.

The chairs/coordinators of the various Be-cause health working groups will be given the basic contact details (name, e-mail address, organisation) of individuals signed up for their respective working group to keep them updated on the information for which these individuals have signed up.

We may employ service providers to facilitate some of our services, such as providing the newsletter. Service providers may have (limited) access to your information. However, they are obligated not to disclose or use the information for any other purpose. 

What are my rights with regard to my personal data processing?

You can always ask us information about how we process your personal data and whom it is shared with. You have the right of insight and to have corrections made if this is necessary. We will retain your personal data for as long as you remain a member of the platform or until you unsubscribe from the newsletter.

If you believe that ITM is not processing  your data appropriately, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Belgian Data Protection Authority.


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Contact Us

For questions with regard to the processing of your data, please contact or +32 (0)3 247 07 43. For any other questions or suggestions please contact

Changes to the privacy policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. Thus, you are advised to review this page periodically.

This privacy policy was lastly adapted 29 September 2023.