Issue

Global Health: Reproductive Health

Most maternal deaths, due to complications during and following pregnancy and childbirth, are preventable, and great strides have been made in improving maternal health and reducing the number of deaths. Between 1990 and 2013, maternal mortality dropped by 45 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet, every day approximately 800 women still die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. In 2013, the number of maternal deaths worldwide was 289,000 women.

Maternal health impacts families, communities and societies with far-reaching effects, especially in developing countries, where 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur. The risk of maternal mortality is highest for girls under 15, many of whom have no access to contraception.

Our Pulitzer Center grantees have reported from many countries, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Guinea Bissau, India, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Ethiopia and Nigeria. They are covering a wide range of issues—teenage pregnancy, child marriage, illegal abortion, religious beliefs and attitudes towards family planning, and poor infrastructure. Their stories highlight the severity of the reproductive health crisis as well as some of the many efforts made to give more women access to better and safer healthcare.

Global Health: Reproductive Health

November 14, 2016

Mexico City: Disparities in Healthcare

Isabel Izek

Mexico is considered the most advanced of the developing countries. Yet access to medical technology is reserved for those who can pay for private hospital care, excluding many of the most needy.

February 03, 2016

The Life Equation

Rob Tinworth, Miles O'Brien

Big Data is coming to global health. But who should decide who lives and dies: Doctors on the front lines or a mathematical formula?

April 09, 2015

Sierra Leone: Where Corruption Kills

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling, Michael Seamans

Forced to choose between corrupt government clinics and faith healers, Sierra Leone's pregnant women and their infants are dying in record numbers. One doctor may have the solution.

November 14, 2016|

Medical Technology in Mexico City

On paper, all Mexican citizens have access to healthcare, but the level of care varies drastically. Public systems put in place by the government falsely construct a universal healthcare system.

October 05, 2016|

A Changing World? Pulitzer Center Photography Exhibition

Pulitzer Center student fellows travel the world to report on issues that affect us all—telling stories that might otherwise go untold. This exhibit features selected work by student fellows, shot on location in countries now undergoing rapid transformation, from the roads in Bangkok to a Maasai village in Tanzania.

July 18, 2016|

New E-book: Religion in the Public Sphere

Academics and journalists gather at Washington University in St. Louis to explore religion's place in current international affairs. This free e-book captures the conversation and links out to related Pulitzer Center reporting projects.

April 05, 2016|

Meet the Journalist: Jon Cohen

With Pulitzer Center support, Jon Cohen is coordinating a package of video, print, and online stories on ending AIDS for Science, PBS NewsHour, BuzzFeed, and UCTV.

June 12, 2017|

Gender Lens: Refugees and Migration

Journalists and activists joined together for a conversation on the impact of gender and gender roles on the refugee experience—exploring how the most vulnerable are affected and how they cope.

June 05, 2017|

Pulitzer Center Gender Lens Conference Highlights

Two-day conference illuminates why diversity of perspective, across gender, race, ethnicity, religion, matters so much in storytelling.