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.


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.

Old Dhaka: A Day in the Life

In old Dhaka, the heart of Bangladesh's sprawling capital, water is a constant -- from the over-sized ferries and the annual monsoon rains and floods that define this river delta to the supply and hauling of drinking water without which this mega city of some 14 million people could not survive.

Dhaka's Gonna Need a Bigger Pump

Sucking sewage from Dhaka's pit latrines, the Vacutug improves water sanitation for the city's exploding population.

The Question of Survival

A Haitian woman, pregnant and infected with HIV, risks spreading the disease to a new partner in order to secure financial stability. Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon story.