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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.

 

Finding Home Again in Ivory Coast

After recent political violence divided communities, some in Ivory Coast look to local water management as a key to reconciliation, social cohesion and long-lasting peace.

China’s Bachelors: When Men Outnumber Women

By 2020, China is expected to have 24 million more men than women, leaving the countryside filled with aging bachelors, the consequence of a gender imbalance caused by sex-selective abortions.

Brazil: Girl Power

In Brazil, increased access to education, information and contraception have combined to lower the birth rate by two thirds over the last five decades.

North Korea's Addicting Export: Crystal Meth

Cheap, available, and an antidote to hunger, crystal meth appears to be becoming the drug of choice both in North Korea, and in its porous border region with China.

Drug Companies Skirt FDA By Going Abroad

Big drug companies are increasingly going overseas to test new drugs and devices on patients. It’s a good deal for the companies, but what about consumers?

Belize: Improving the Odds for the Nation's Mothers

One woman dies every 90 seconds from pregnancy-related complications somewhere in the world. The Belize Ministry of Health is improving access, coverage, and quality of maternal health care in hopes of someday no longer being one of those places.

Guatemala: The Culture that Crawls

More than 20 million people worldwide are effectively immobile. One Mid-Missouri group is working to change that unfortunate reality in Guatemala, but the work they do won’t conquer the culture that crawls.

This Week: India's Hospital Crisis

Pulitzer Center grantee Michael Edison Hayden first became interested in India's government hospitals after his wife gave birth to their son last May at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai.

This Week: A Certain Medical Procedure

Abortion was outlawed in Indonesia nearly a century ago, but as Pulitzer Center senior editor Tom Hundley discovers, it is quite easy to obtain one.

This Week: Braving the Depths

There is no point in taking a camera down into the depths of an underwater compressor mine. There is nothing to see. But Larry Price's stark photography shows men working in this hellish occupation.

This Week: Roads Kill

More than 1.2 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year—and that number is increasing. If nothing is done to reverse this trend, the annual death toll is on course to triple by 2030.