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Health

In Health, Pulitzer Center grantees delve into some of the world’s most pressing health issues and challenges. Featuring a wide range of topics from chronic illnesses to outbreaks and epidemics to reproductive health and public health systems, our reporting looks at the breadth of health issues found across the globe.

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 look at mental health, including the trauma caused by conflicts like the wars in Syria and Yemen, the effects of pollution on communities, and safety and injury-related deaths, such as in our ongoing Roads Kill project.

By telling the stories of patients, caregivers, and scientists, our reporters are drawing outbreak comparisons and providing lessons for prevention. They are also taking on the challenge of communicating technical information to the lay ear, and ultimately filling the gap between the scientific and public understanding of health crises.

Health

A Social Media Pandemic

Sissel McCarthy, director of the journalism program at Campus Consortium member Hunter College, reports on the dangers of online misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic.

End of Times for Malaysia's Batek?

A mysterious illness has taken the lives of 15 out of 180 members of a clan of Malaysia’s last hunter gatherers, the Batek.

The Thin Red Line

Despite sharp international criticism, a Russian geneticist is pushing forward a project to edit embryos of a deaf couple so their children won't inherit the mutation that impairs their hearing.

Beedi Workers in India

Despite difficult living conditions, 4.5 million women in India pursue rolling beedis (hand-rolled cigarettes) to earn their livelihood. The identities of 89 percent of beedi workers fade along with their fingerprints.

Stroke Is a Global Epidemic

Stroke is the world's second-leading killer and is particularly deadly in developing nations. In Zambia, a Harvard doctor is training the next generation of neurologists to help turn the tide.

New Challenges in Senegal: Type 2 Diabetes

With the rise of obesity and diabetes in its population, Senegal is facing new challenges. While the factors causing this change may be obvious, the solutions are not always as simple.

Meet the Journalist: David Scales

Scales travels to Nancy and Strasbourg to understand how the new French plan to combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases was unfolding. Here, he shares some surprises he found along the way.

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: The Prison

In this lesson, students will participate in a class discussion using the articles by Antigone Barton focusing on the work of Dr. John May.

HIV/AIDS in Haiti: An Island of Hope and Despair

Students discuss the statement “Haiti is an island of hope and despair.” The students also discuss how the United States and/or its citizens have contributed to hope and despair in Haiti.

HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic

In this lesson, students will participate in a Socratic Seminar using the Palm Beach Post article to dialogue about the impact of AIDS in the Dominican Republic.

AIDS in Paradise: A Crisis In The Caribbean

Students explore HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, using the Pulitzer Center’s interactive website Heroes of HIV: HIV in the Caribbean. Students will create a final product based on information they find.

South Africa's Bid to End AIDS

Students analyze how journalist Jon Cohen unfolds an analysis of HIV prevention measures in South Africa in order to create their own promotional tools.  

Debating Australian Mines in Africa

The Common Core-aligned land rights lesson plan and education resources attached introduce students to the impact of mining by Australian companies in Africa. Students explore a multimedia...