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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

Walter Rodney Commemoration

After our first full day in Guyana, Madeline Bishop and I met a contact at the commemoration for Walter Rodney hosted by the Working People’s Alliance, a socialist political party.

Guyana: A Morning in Red Village

In Guyana, domestic violence has become a part of everyday life. Campbell Rawlins spends a morning in a housing project to experience what life is like in one of the most isolated communities.

Type 1 Diabetes in Rural Costa Rica

If a family is unable to pay for a child with Type 1 diabetes, only the most economical supplies are provided by the Costa Rican Government. This allows little to no flexibility in one's life.

Cervical Cancer in Uganda

In the U.S., the HPV vaccine and regular pap smears have almost stopped the pervasiveness of cervical cancer in its tracks. In Uganda, however, cervical cancer is the most fatal cancer for women.

Soil Pollution in China

China confronts a hidden but grave environmental threat—soil pollution related to industrial development that affects as much as one fifth of China's farmland.

Toxic Development: The Cost of Pollution in India

Pollution in India is a hidden problem with catastrophic consequences affecting rural and urban areas. Chromium contamination, lead pollution and pesticide poisoning have left a toxic trail.

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.