Public Health

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.



Caught between questioning current realities and dreaming of a better future, a 17-year-old boy shares his coming-of-age story living with HIV and poverty in Haiti.

Mrs. M

A narrative of family, faith and fortitude in the face of HIV and poverty in Haiti.

More Than Survivors

Despite the strong stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in Haiti, three courageous individuals share stories of persistence and faith about those living and working with the disease.

Joel Sainton

In Haiti, an HIV-positive preacher shares his story of adversity and faith, creating a support network for HIV/AIDS patients. "God gave me a blessing because he gave me a mission among those who are infected."


HIV/AIDS sufferers in earthquake-ravaged Haiti exemplify human resilience, coping with their conditions through means both earthly and heavenly.

Reducing Classroom Casualties

In Bangladeshi schools, co-ed toilets and poor sanitation impede students' attendance and performance, especially for women.

Bangladesh: Village Lessons in Sanitation

The non-government organization Lighthouse shows the value of community-learning on hygiene and sanitation, in its successful program for the west Bangladeshi village of Mostafapur.