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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.

 

Jailing the Mentally Ill

John Yang and Frank Carlson explore better solutions on how to treat the mentally ill, specifically ways that do not include imprisonment.

When BRCA Mutations Meet Complications

Hrafnhildur Sveinbjörnsdóttir had a double mastectomy after finding out she had a gene mutation linked to a high risk of breast cancer. But trying to avoid illness cost her her health.

Cervical Cancer in Uganda

In the U.S., the HPV vaccine and regular pap smears have almost stopped the pervasiveness of cervical cancer in its tracks. In Uganda, however, cervical cancer is the most fatal cancer for women.

Peru: An Aging Revolution

Peru, along with the rest of Latin America, is experiencing one of the fastest demographic shifts in the world. Older people over 60 will outnumber children under 14 by 2040. Is the country ready?

A Free Meal: India’s School Lunch Program

India’s Midday Meal program feeds 120 million poor and malnourished children. Despite rampant mismanagement, corruption and inefficiencies, it benefits some of the country’s poorest communities.

Less Is More in Niger

The rate of population growth exceeds economic growth in Niger where women have an average of seven children. Government officials hope family planning will become the best way forward.

India's Third Gender

India's transgender women have a documented history dating back to the Kama Sutra, but live on the fringes of society, struggling to find legitimate employment, and battling an epidemic of HIV/AIDS.

Soil Pollution in China

China confronts a hidden but grave environmental threat—soil pollution related to industrial development that affects as much as one fifth of China's farmland.

Guatemala: Hungry for Change

In Guatemala, an effort is underway to reverse a stubborn trend: about 50 percent of children are so malnourished they're “stunted” — physically, intellectually, and later in life, economically.

Wasted

About a third of all the food we produce goes to waste. What we thoughtlessly leave to rot in fields, landfills, and our own refrigerators could alleviate world hunger and help reverse climate change.

Brazil: The Real World Cup

The Real World Cup looks at the largesse of the soccer extravaganza in Brazil by examining its actual impact on local communities and urban infrastructure in host cities around the country.

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