Coronavirus has hit the Mississippi Choctaw Band of Indians harder than any major city in the country. Of the 10,000 Choctaws served by the tribe, one in 10 has tested positive for COVID-19.
Chronic Illnesses and Challenges
Dozens of studies have reported that many of the sickest COVID-19 patients have been people with obesity, as a constellation of physiological and social factors drive those grim numbers.
Roger Thurow’s interactive piece “The First 1,000 Days and Beyond” follows the triumphs and tragedies of mothers and their children battling malnutrition from pregnancy to age 2.
Documentary filmmaking always requires a degree of flexibility. A pandemic makes that a necessity.
All around the world, the coronavirus and its restrictions are pushing already hungry communities over the edge, cutting off meager farms from markets and isolating villages from food and medical aid.
COVID-19 has highlighted the deep structural weaknesses of the Syrian economy and destroyed what was left from its capacity to resist to new pressures.
Community-driven initiatives to provide water, sanitation, and awareness in Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Africa, are also helping protect vulnerable residents against COVID-19
Before it was outlawed, the Brazilian government federally isolated leprosy patients in remote colonies. Decades later, the children of these patients are calling for federal reparations.
For millions of people who live in poor and troubled regions of the world, the novel coronavirus is only the latest epidemic.
In Nigeria, the turn to online learning highlights disparaties in internet and electricity access throughout the country—especially for persons with disabilities.
2020 Elon University Reporting Fellow Anton L. Delgado traveled to Brazil to report on the rising cases of leprosy within the country. This video documents his own leprosy evaluation after nearly a month spent reporting in the field.
In 2003, Ethiopia experienced widespread famine, stunting the growth of many children. Roger Thurow tells the story of Hagirso, a young adult now attempting to overcome the effects of malnutrition from his youth.
Victoria Isaacson, a 22-year-old wheelchair fencer, is trying to qualify for the Paralympics while overcoming the adversity of a degenerative disease, mounting debt, and a worldwide pandemic.
Dementia is not a new concept to Japan. However, reishi mushrooms are.
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.
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.
This project profiles the courageous journey of Syrian teenage social media icon Muhammad Najem and sheds light on the psychological picture of refugees who live or have family under regime bombings.
South Sudan's five-year war has impacted people in ways that have not previously been reported.
As the U.S. tries to rein the prescription opioid bonanza that launched its epidemic, Big Pharma is expanding around the globe. Their trail includes a bribery scheme, addiction, and an unprepared world.
Can mental illness be treated in a country with just one psychiatrist for 4 million people? In Liberia, a pioneering program shows it's possible to tackle mental health issues with scant resources.
Post-NAFTA, Mexico was flooded with cheap, sugary, and fatty junk foods from the U.S., spawning a duel crisis—obesity and malnutrition.
How is post-colonial Guyana working to break free from its enduring cycles of abuse and suicide?
Despite having fewer yearly cases than Massachusetts, France is the first country to release a national plan on Lyme disease. What can France's prevention, research and treatment efforts teach us?
In June 2019, a mysterious illness spread like wildfire claiming 16 lives within two weeks in a community of 186 Batek, Malaysia’s last hunter-gatherers. In the end, only 20 were left unaffected.
Once thought to be a U.S. problem, opioid addiction is spreading around the world. Associated Press reporter Kristen Gelineau investigates the crisis in Australia.
Peter Andrey Smith reports on the growing opiate industry in Tasmania, off the coast of Australia. Its fields of opium poppies are custom tailored for pharmaceutical manufacturers in the U.S.
Post-NAFTA Mexico was flooded with cheap sugary, fatty junk food from the U.S.–triggering a dual crisis: obesity and malnutrition. As NAFTA renegotiations progress, will these crises come up at all?
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.
Journalist Amy Maxmen traveled to Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa, where girls under age 20 are being infected by HIV at alarming rates.
What does it take to address mental illnesses? See what some folks in India are doing.
Misha Friedman discusses traveleing to Cape Town to report on the human stories behind the statistics of HIV and the tuberculosis epidemic in South Africa.
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?
Grantee Roger Thurow discusses his new book, "The First 1,000 Days."
Author Roger Thurow discusses the role of nutrition during the most important time in human development—from pregnancy through a child's second birthday.
The Pulitzer Center announces our inaugural Fellows and projects for the Post-Graduate Reporting Fellowship Program for Columbia and Medill Journalism Schools.
This year's fellows will examine mental health as it interacts with class, gender, and culture in Pakistan, as well as the hidden emotional and psychological costs of protests in Hong Kong.
2020 Elon University Reporting Fellow Anton Delgado is interviewed by Today at Elon about his Pulitzer Center-sponsored project, documenting the resurgence of leprosy in Brazil.
The Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant is a series of reporting grants for freelance photojournalists, in partnership with Diversify Photo.
Penn Today highlights Reporting Fellow Patrick Ammerman's work investigating the refugee crisis at the Venezuela-Colombia border and the associated public health crisis and economic inequities.
What are the challenges to ending AIDS? "Far From Over," a series supported by the Pulitzer Center for PBS NewsHour exploring societal stigma against HIV/AIDS, was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Around 150 students from DC public schools engaged in single subject storytelling at National Geographic with photojournalist grantee Dominic Bracco.
As Mental Health Awareness month draws to a close, we highlight stories by Pulitzer Center student fellows touching on mental health issues around the world.
Cohen and Price were announced as winners of the 2019 NIHCM awards in the Trade Journalism and Digital Media categories respectively.
Student fellow alum Pat Nabong from the Medill School of Journalism was named a Gwen Ifill Fellow by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), while Neeta Satam, student fellow alum from the Missouri School of Journalism was awarded an IWMF Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Americas grant.
A look at the Pulitzer Center's first quarter of 2019—awards, legislative action, and more!
April 7 is World Health Day, focusing this year on universal health coverage. If you want to help students understand the health crises facing their communities and the world as a whole, we have resources for you.
This resource includes quotes, key terms/names/historical events, and guiding questions for each of over 30 essays and creative works that compose The 1619 Project.
Through these articles, students will explore diverse cultures and connect to pressing issues facing Spanish-speaking communities.
Students will explore how health topics are presented in the news media using behind the scenes videos from Carl Gierstorfer’s Ebola project and Jon Cohen’s HIV/AIDS project.
Students will learn about the concept of epidemiology and how it is used to control or prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
This lesson shows students how journalists use data visualization to effectively communicate scientific issues—and directs students to create their own projects using the mapping platform CartoDB.
Students develop solutions for challenges in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Students will conduct in-depth research on their issues, create proposals, and present them.
The following lesson plans were designed by Liz Morrison, coordinator of Social Studies for the Parkway School District in St. Louis, as part of the Pulitzer Center's Global Gateway initiative.
Students analyze how journalists William Brangam, Jon Cohen, and Jason Kane unfold an analysis of HIV prevention measures in several locations around the world.
Students analyze how journalist Jon Cohen unfolds an analysis of HIV prevention measures in South Africa in order to create their own promotional tools.
Our group chose to work on stunting because it is one of the major consequences linked to food insecurity.
The hungriest people in Africa are its farmers. Africa is one of the largest continents in the world and farming is the biggest way to obtain financial means and food.