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Public health focuses on the systematic prevention of disease and prolonging of life by governments, NGO’s and other groups. Pulitzer Center stories tagged with “Public Health” feature reporting on communicable and non-communicable diseases, the development of medical systems and infrastructure to provide public access to health care services. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on public health.

 

July 14, 2017|

Zika’s Enduring Impacts in Brazil

A new Human Rights Watch report finds that conditions that enabled the Zika epidemic in Brazil were not addressed —leaving the country, especially women and girls, at risk for future outbreaks.

July 13, 2017|

Pathway to Peril

Scientists worry the next devastating disease could be born where animals and humans mix in a Third World slum – then cross the globe. Zika may have been a preview.

July 12, 2017|

How Poverty Affects the Brain

An unprecedented study in Bangladesh could reveal how malnutrition, poor sanitation and other challenges make their mark on child development.

June 29, 2017|

Field Notes on Konzo in the DRC

Photojournalist Neil Brandvold recounts his journey to a village called Kahemba, or "The Town of Suffering," to look for those afflicted by Konzo.

June 22, 2017|

Meeting Fernando Romero

Flashy, flush Mexico City architect Fernando Romero wants to bring his hometown into the 21st century—but he is not even free to walk through it.

July 17, 2017

Zika’s Lasting Impact on Families in Brazil

Poonam Daryani

Though the Zika outbreak in Brazil has seemingly peaked, its aftermath will be felt by the thousands of families caring for and raising children with Zika-related complications and disabilities.

June 23, 2017

Bringing Hope to Women with Cancer in Haiti

Kate Corrigan, Anna Russell

Cancer is a terrifying word to anyone, but for women living in developing countries, it can be truly devastating. In Haiti, women must overcome immense challenges to seek diagnosis and care.

May 29, 2017

The Black Death of Kabwe

Larry C. Price

Years of unmitigated contamination from Zambia's largest lead mine have created a toxic nightmare for the residents of Kabwe, the country's second largest city.

May 02, 2017

South Sudan in Crisis

Jane Ferguson

South Sudan is the world’s newest nation but ethnic violence, economic collapse and famine are spiralling. Millions of lives, and the future of the country, are at stake.

April 10, 2017

Nigeria's Unfolding Crisis

Leslie Roberts

Terrorized by Boko Haram for years, millions of people in northeastern Nigeria have fled to crowded camps and cities and are suffering from a deadly combination of severe malnutrition and infection.

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.

February 23, 2017

Smoke and Mirrors

Nathalie Bertrams, Ingrid Gercama

Globally, cooking smoke causes over 4 million deaths per year. Can improved cookstoves save lives, the environment and is the promise of ‘clean cooking’ fulfilled in Malawi?

February 06, 2017

The Re-Emergence of Victorian Diseases in the UK

Caitlin Bawn

High levels of poverty and malnutrition in the UK are triggering a re-emergence of related “Victorian” diseases, such as scurvy, rickets and TB—and even cholera and diphtheria. But who is most at risk?

January 31, 2017

Mental Illness and the Global Health Agenda

Joanne Silberner

Mental illnesses take a huge toll on people in low and middle income countries, yet they're virtually ignored by most governments and aid agencies. That's starting to change.

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.

December 26, 2016|

Meet the Journalist: Emily Gogolak

Emily Gogolak, from the field in Tegucigalpa, discusses her reporting on violence against women in Honduras and the deportations of mothers and children from immigration detention centers in Texas.

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?