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Outbreaks and Epidemics

Political Power and Chloroquine: A Long History

From the times of ancient Rome to the late 19th century, malaria was a deadly infection that no one knew how to cure, until chloroquine was discovered. Trump, Bolsonaro, and Maduro have defended its use against COVID-19, but scientific studies indicate that it is not effective.

The Hydro Quagmire

As Nairobi deals with a water shortage amidst the pandemic, and water cartels illegally cut into pipes, how are slum dwellers accessing water that is so critical to fight the spread of infection?

Under Prosecution for Spreading the Coronavirus

"They treated us like an animal," a member of the Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat tells Pulitzer Center Justice Fellow Apoorva Mittal. Indian Muslims have faced a new wave of discrimination amidst the pandemic.

The 101st Airborne, Fighting Ebola in Liberia

To assist Liberia in containing Ebola, the US turned to its soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan from the most battle-hardened unit in the US Army. How does an infantry division fight a disease?

Disaster Science During the Ebola Outbreak

Research during a disaster can seem frivolous when there aren’t enough resources to handle the immediate response. But in the Ebola outbreak it's become clear that data collection must happen now.

Russia: Anti-Gay Policies and a Surge in HIV

Russia's government crackdown on the LGBT community is fueling an alarming increase in the AIDS epidemic in Russia. New infections increased by 10 percent in 2013.

The Price of Health: TB Budget Gaps in Vietnam

Vietnam has less than 30 percent of the funding needed to fight tuberculosis. With only the most basic treatment programs, the country may soon be faced with the spread of a drug-resistant strain.

Shame: HIV/AIDS and the Church in Jamaica

Jamaica is proud of its religious tradition, but how has the Jamaican church responded to the complex challenges of HIV/AIDS in a changing society?

South Africa: When the Drugs Don't Work

Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death in South Africa. Drug resistance is now so strong that patients are sent home to die. However, new drugs are being made available through trials or NGOs.

India: Polio-Free and Looking Ahead at mHealth

During two days in February, 170 million children will be vaccinated for polio in India. And in the last two years, none of them have seen polio. India moves on from polio and forays into mHealth.

The Forgotten: HIV and the Garifuna of Honduras

The Garifuna have historically been forgotten in Honduras and currently face one of the highest HIV rates in the Western Hemisphere. Traditional music and dance help raise awareness.