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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.

 

Inside Ohio's Migrant Camps

As COVID-19 cases rise in Ohio, migrant farmworkers live closely in cramped quarters. They remain one of the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

Dylan—A Venezuelan Child Fights Kawasaki Syndrome

Dylan was the first child treated for COVID-19 at Hospital de Niños J.M. de los Ríos, the leading pediatric center in Venezuela. After the infection, the one-year-old boy developed kidney failure and an atypical form of Kawasaki syndrome. Doctors said he could die.

The Ethnic Face of the Pandemic in Colombia

COVID-19 is highlighting the difficulties that Indigenous and Afro-Colombians—many of whom live in scattered rural areas—have in accessing specialized medical services. The distances they must travel to reach a hospital reveal the ethnic face of the pandemic.

COVID-19 and the Case for Prison Abolition

Time to rethink the U.S. prison system? UChicago 2020 Justice Fellow Meera Santhanam writes about the fundamental connections between racism and incarceration revealed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Best Place to Die in India

With an aging population and an ever-increasing burden of chronic disease, a grassroots social movement has revolutionized end-of-life care in the Indian state of Kerala.

Ending AIDS

An on-the-ground look at efforts in Africa and the United States to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

India's Entrepreneurial Answer to Healthcare

A weak public health system has given rise to market-based approaches in India. A new breed of young tech-savvy entrepreneurs are building businesses to help more Indians have access to healthcare.

HIV in the Philippines: State of Emergency

While most countries around the world have managed to control the rate of HIV infections, the Philippines is starting to feel the impact of a rising epidemic.

Eliminating Malaria in the Mekong

Can an emergency plan to wipe out all malaria parasites in the Mekong work before multiple drug resistance spreads? No one knows.

The Heart Sounds of Iran

Your child's doctor tells you that there is something wrong: there is a hole in her heart and she needs surgery, but we can't do it; we need to wait for a team to come. Panic, hope, anxiety.

We Want You to Live: Liberia's Fight Against Ebola

A documentary by Carl Gierstorfer follows one community’s fight for survival against Ebola through the eyes of the Liberians on the front lines battling to bring the outbreak to an end.