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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.

 

The Drug Decimating Russia’s Women

Designer drugs called ‘bath salts’ in the U.S. are dangerous to Americans, but addiction is epidemic among Russians, especially women. Many shoot up, and many contract HIV/AIDS.

Finding Therapy in Jordan

With only 60 to 100 psychiatrists in Jordan, there's little help for Syrian refugees. Local organizations and refugees are leading the work to ensure that refugees get the therapy that they need.

Outrage and Inspire

Roger Thurow shares stories of hunger across the world in a new podcast produced in collaboration with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Flight Risk

There is no national plan to deal with contagious disease in our busy skies. There is no consistent way to notify towers of incoming problems. And sometimes airplane cleanup crews ignore even basic hygiene.

Waste Management in Ghana: It Takes Two

A push-pull between Ghana’s residents and its department of waste management has been ongoing—trash bins have been stolen and open defecation is commonplace. A turnaround may be in the works.

Tajikistan: Drugs, Guns, Water

Tajikistan is chronically unstable and corrupt—and now bracing for more chaos from Afghanistan. Its president is staking his country's future on the biggest dam in the world.

1,000 Days: To Save Women, Children and the World

The story of 1,000 days–the vital period from the beginning of a woman's pregnancy to her child's second birthday. The fate of individuals, families, nations–and the world–depends on it.

India: Polio-Free and Looking Ahead at mHealth

During two days in February, 170 million children will be vaccinated for polio in India. And in the last two years, none of them have seen polio. India moves on from polio and forays into mHealth.

Cambodia: An Emerging Epidemic of Silent Diseases

Like many poor countries, Cambodia is being hit by hypertension and diabetes epidemics. Most charities focus on infectious diseases. Can anything stop these chronic conditions from killing millions?

A Steady Hand for Haiti

An Iowa-based medical team has been traveling to rural Haiti for years, assisting residents with health crises while searching for long-term ways to help the people improve their own situations.

The Forgotten: HIV and the Garifuna of Honduras

The Garifuna have historically been forgotten in Honduras and currently face one of the highest HIV rates in the Western Hemisphere. Traditional music and dance help raise awareness.

Gaps in the Global Fight Against AIDS

We can now envision a post-AIDS world, but marginalized communities are still being left behind. In the global fight against AIDS, business as usual will not end the epidemic.