Issue

Health Systems and Safety

Pulitzer Center grantees examine the quality and efficiency of healthcare infrastructure throughout the world, focusing on the need to provide affordable care, prevent future catastrophic outbreaks such as Ebola, rethink business models, and improve healthcare delivery through new diagnostic tools or mobile technology.

Special attention is paid to the healthcare systems in low-income countries where clinics in rural areas are few and far between, healthcare providers scarce, surgical treatment centers often non-existent—and where children under the age of five are 16 times more likely to die than those in high-income countries.

Our journalists also cover safety issues and injury-related deaths, including those caused by firearms, drowning, or car accidents. Our Roads Kill project features an interactive map with reports on road fatalities from around the world—an often neglected, yet preventable, global health crisis, in a world where every year an estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road traffic crashes.

Health Systems and Safety

March 01, 2017

Ecuador: Health Consequences of Ceramic Glazing

Caitlin J. Cotter

An Andean village has battled severe lead toxicity from ceramics production, and now residents face the challenges of alternative glazing compounds or abandoning their cottage industry altogether.

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.

October 13, 2016

Suggestible You

Erik Vance

Inside our heads is an ancient power. A tool of miracle-workers, charlatans, witch doctors, hypnotists and physicians alike. It's a basic part of who we are. It's the hidden power of suggestibility.

October 05, 2016

Konzo In the Democratic Republic of Congo

Neil Brandvold

Konzo, a disease associated with irreversible paralysis It is caused by improperly processed or hastily prepared cassava, which can retain cyanide.

March 06, 2017|

Glazing and Health as Family Affairs

In La Victoria, Ecuador, alternatives to lead glazing of tiles and painting bowls with gasoline in La Victoria are not perfect, but their intentions—healthy children—are great.

October 01, 2016|

Meet the Journalist: Sonia Shah

Tens of thousands of people fleeing bombs and beheadings are trapped in squalid refugee camps and ad hoc settlements across Greece. Will the country's tattered health system be able to prevent an epidemic?

March 14, 2017|

The Next Ebola?

This week: the rise of zoonotic diseases, what really happened in the U.S. raid on Yemen, and Afghan's rule of law.