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Outbreaks and Epidemics

Running a Virtual School on Chicago’s West Side

“There are 700 people who depend on me. That can be scary,” the principal of Oscar DePriest Elementary, a public school serving predominantly low-income households, tells Medill Journalism School professor Peter Slevin.

Ghana: Walking Without Shoes

What happens when we're told to "walk a mile in his shoes" but the child has no shoes? In Ghana this is an everyday reality making harmful diseases more prevalent.

We Want You to Live: Liberia's Fight Against Ebola

A documentary by Carl Gierstorfer follows one community’s fight for survival against Ebola through the eyes of the Liberians on the front lines battling to bring the outbreak to an end.

HIV/AIDS in Tijuana and San Diego

Tijuana and San Diego, sister cities that have overlapping populations, have vastly different responses to HIV/AIDS, illustrating the stark challenges that still exist in many locales.

North India's Heroin Epidemic

The India-Pakistan border overflows with heroin. Journalist Michael Edison Hayden and photographer Sami Siva report from the afflicted communities to find out what, if anything, can be done about it.

Polio's Last Stand

After dozens of vaccination workers were killed in Afghanistan, polio once again began to spread into the borderlands. The same strain is now re-surfacing in Syria.

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.