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Global Health: Chronic Illnesses and Challenges

Here Pulitzer Center journalists dig into the causes, treatment, and consequences of increasingly prevalent chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and silicosis—diseases that, if left untreated, rob communities of both productivity and quality of life.

We also look at the global footprint of cancer, which kills more people than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. We examine the disproportionate burden placed on poorer countries, as well as the medical and business innovations that allow for treatment once thought too costly or too difficult to deliver.

Other projects relate to the rise of mental health awareness throughout the world. Our grantees investigate the impact of trauma on Syrian refugees and the lack of infrastructure to address it. They report on the effects that climate change will have on mental health in the future. And they analyze the demographic shift in countries faced with the challenges of caring for an aging population.

Chronic Illnesses and Challenges highlights the non-communicable diseases that people can’t catch, but can’t seem to get rid of, either. For both journalists and scientists, the emerging challenge is to conquer the chronic.

Global Health: Chronic Illnesses and Challenges

Ebola Survivors

As Liberia grapples to care for thousands of Ebola survivors, scientists strive to understand post-Ebola syndrome.

Ending AIDS

An on-the-ground look at efforts in Africa and the United States to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

China: Dying to Breathe

China’s deadly mining accidents hit the international news headlines frequently. But the country's top occupational disease, pneumoconiosis, kills three times as many miners each year.

Surgery: The 'Neglected Stepchild' of Global Health

Surgically-treatable conditions cause more death and disability than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined. Now, a group of doctors is pushing to put surgery on the global health agenda.

Poland: Coal’s Deadly Toll

Poland gets 90 percent of its power and much of its heat by burning coal, one of the dirtiest of fuels. The consequences for Poles' health are severe, and one polluted city is now pushing back

Health and Obesity in the UK

Half the population of the United Kingdom may be obese by 2050. What are the causes and what is being done?

Outrage and Inspire

Roger Thurow shares stories of hunger across the world in a new podcast produced in collaboration with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

A Global State of Mind

Mental illness knows no borders. One relentless Indian psychiatrist pushes to make treatment a standard around the world.

Health, Wealth, and Wine

Field reporting can lead to surprising discoveries. But Scales wasn't expecting to find a possible link between Lyme, mushroom foraging, and a medieval wine cellar below a French hospital.

Another Win for "The End of AIDS?"

Pulitzer Center-supported PBS NewsHour series wins a 2017 Communication Award from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.