Issue

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

July 10, 2013

Beyond 7 Billion

Kenneth R. Weiss

The largest generation in history is entering its prime childbearing years, poised to add 2 billion more people to the planet. Ken Weiss investigates the causes and consequences of such rapid growth.

May 13, 2013

1,000 Days: To Save Women, Children and the World

Roger Thurow

The story of 1,000 days–the vital period from the beginning of a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday. The fate of individuals, families, nations–and the world–depends on it.

March 01, 2013

Cambodia: An Emerging Epidemic of Silent Diseases

Joanne Silberner

Like many poor countries, Cambodia is being hit by hypertension and diabetes epidemics. Most charities focus on infectious diseases. Can anything stop these chronic conditions from killing millions?

August 15, 2012

A Risky Recipe: Fast Food Boom in Dubai

Andrew Faust

While the fast food industry in the United Arab Emirate's flourishes, a dramatic increase in obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes threatens the nation’s health.

September 09, 2010

Niger: Feeding the Forgotten

Ruth Moon

A Niger drought means there is not enough food to feed the country; United Nations reports estimate 7.9 million inhabitants are facing food shortages there.

India: Toxic Tanneries

India is the world's second largest producer of leather and leather goods—the toxic working conditions and environmental effects are beyond measure.

Can a Dating App Erase HIV Stigma?

The July 2016 PBS NewsHour series “Ending AIDS” documents challenges of providing HIV testing to at-risk populations. A new study suggests that the gay dating app Grindr could help.