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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.

 

How Havana Is Collapsing, Building by Building

Time, weather and neglect has ravaged Havana. Scores of buildings are crumbling and could collapse at any moment. Residents are terrified. “You live with fear,” said Yuslemy Díaz, 32, a manicurist.

GoFundMe Launched for Haiti Teen Fighting Cancer

Two South Florida residents have launched a GoFundme to help a teen in Haiti with advanced Burkitt’s lymphoma. The goal of the fund is to help the teen get treatment in the U.S., or in Haiti.

The Only Dental Relief for Many in This West Virginia County is Extraction

After reporting in Alabama and California, NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky visits the final state that the UN says can exemplify some of the country’s most egregious human rights issues. More than one third of residents in McDowell County, West Virginia are below the poverty line, and many of them only have access to dental work when the pain becomes unbearable.

Fight for Water Hits Crisis Levels Worldwide

As part of the DC Environmental Film Festival, four films explore the conflicts tied to water issues, as part of the annual World Water Day observance.

From Drought to Flood - Water Images Across the Globe

Water issues affect us all, from the women who spend hours daily fetching water to political battles over international rivers to melting icepack and rising sea levels. We are all downstream.

Worldwide, just under 900 million people lack reliable access to safe water that is free from disease and industrial waste. And forty percent do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. The result is one of the world's greatest public health crisis: 4,500 children die every day from waterborne diseases, more than from HIV-AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.

Pulitzer Center journalists inform students on water related issues

Peter Sawyer said 4,500 children under the age of 14 die every day because of water-related diseases.

Sawyer was one of three speakers from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting who spoke about the worldwide water crisis from a journalistic perspective Thursday in Ballroom B of the Student Center.

Sawyer, a journalist for the center, said the role of the center's journalists is to tell the world about issues that are for the most part unknown.

"884 million people don't have access to clean drinking water," Sawyer said.

Conversations with alumnus Kwame Dawes

Annie Paul, The Pelican

Just back from writing poems in India, internationally acclaimed poet and UWI alumnus Kwame Dawes sat down with Annie Paul for an engaging discussion about his life, his alma mater's role in shaping him as an artist and the Emmy Award-winning LiveHopeLove project.

Tracy Boyer wins AEJMC Award for Honduras and the Hidden Hunger

Student Fellow Tracy Boyer wins a first place Award of Excellence from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for Honduras and the Hidden Hunger

The "Best of the Web" competition is an annual Website design contest for members of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. There are categories for individual, group and creative entries. Judging will be done by Web design professionals and academics with a background in Web technology.

Elliott Woods' "Hope's Coffin" wins citation from The Overseas Press Club of America

The Overseas Press Club of America gave a citation to Elliott Woods' piece for the Virginia Quarterly Review "Hope's Coffin." He was cited for the The Madeline Dane Ross Award, which awards the best international reporting in the print medium showing a concern for the human condition. The award itself went to Abigail Haworth, "Forced to be Fat," Marie Claire.

Read an excerpt of the announcement below:

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