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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.

 

Political Power and Chloroquine: A Long History

From the times of ancient Rome to the late 19th century, malaria was a deadly infection that no one knew how to cure, until chloroquine was discovered. Trump, Bolsonaro, and Maduro have defended its use against COVID-19, but scientific studies indicate that it is not effective.

The Hydro Quagmire

As Nairobi deals with a water shortage amidst the pandemic, and water cartels illegally cut into pipes, how are slum dwellers accessing water that is so critical to fight the spread of infection?

Under Prosecution for Spreading the Coronavirus

"They treated us like an animal," a member of the Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat tells Pulitzer Center Justice Fellow Apoorva Mittal. Indian Muslims have faced a new wave of discrimination amidst the pandemic.

Huntington's Disease in Latin America

We might soon have a treatment for Huntington's disease, but the Latin American communities who helped scientists uncover the cause are too poor to benefit. Who will help these forgotten people?

Nuclear Winter

Cold War scientists once worried that a nuclear war could plunge the world into a deadly ice age. But why, three decades later, does Nuclear Winter still resonate?

Two Years Later, Ebola Is a Ticking Time Bomb

Ebola survivors could be carrying live Ebola virus in their eyes. Many of them are going blind, but in fear of the epidemic's resurgence, hardly anyone is doing anything about it.

Cuba's Headstart on Finding a Cure for AIDS

Cuban sanitariums are the government quarantine facilities for HIV positive people—critics called them prisons; supporters say they controlled the epidemic. Former residents say "it's complicated."

Sri Lanka: Leprosy's Forgotten Generation

As plans are being made to turn Sri Lanka’s oldest leprosy hospital into a museum or a geriatric home, the few remaining patients are a living history of the stigma of the disease.

The Life Equation

Big Data is coming to global health. But who should decide who lives and dies: Doctors on the front lines or a mathematical formula?

Ebola Survivors

As Liberia grapples to care for thousands of Ebola survivors, scientists strive to understand post-Ebola syndrome.

The Impact of 'Polish Gold'

Students will learn about the effects of burning coal in Poland and apply their analyses of the articles to create a presentation that they feel will best support advocacy for coal regulation.