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.


Without Community Organizations, MDR-TB Runs Rampant

Tuberculosis is easily cured, but not without consistent treatment. Community health workers monitoring daily dosages can mean the difference between life and death for both patients and communities.

The Girls in the Tent

For HIV orphans, Haiti's earthquake represents one blow in a painful series of deaths and destruction.

Seduced by the Sex Worker Link

Sometimes certain information can propel itself forward regardless of its factual accuracy. In this case, one single sliver of hearsay printed four years ago sparked an entire body of academic literature that on closer inspection has no basis in reality.

The Spanish Prisoner

Human egg donors in Spain are predominantly immigrant women with few other legal options for making money.

International Baby Maker

Technological advances in fertility offer increasingly broad markets, presenting soon-to-be expectant parents with an array of options for genetics and conception.

Importing Egg Donors from Ukraine to Cyprus

Though human egg harvesting is legal in Cyprus, one clinic comes under fire for violation of even lax Cypriot guidelines, including allegations of dangerous over-harvesting and over-stimulation of patients.

As Health System Declined, TB Increased

Disintegrating healthcare infrastructure in Moldova since the fall of the Soviet Union has led to fewer and smaller hospitals as the number of TB patients grows.

Vulnerable to Recruiting

Low income women with few other means of supporting themselves or their families are most vulnerable to selling into the dangerous human egg trade.

Meeting Natasha: The Scout

With no other means of income, illegal Russian immigrants in Cyprus often resort to a dangerous yet relatively lucrative option: selling their eggs.

Unpacking the Global Human Egg Trade

Modern fertility technology has made parenthood a possibility for thousands more people, but it has also created a lucrative market -- and ethically questionable -- global trade in human genetic material.