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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.

 

Homeless Workers Face Heightened Risks in the Pandemic

It’s a common misconception that homeless people are unemployed — 25% to 50% work, experts say. Many homeless employees are working essential jobs, putting them at risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

How Can the COVID-19 Pandemic in Venezuela Be Controlled?

In the last month, Venezuela has experienced a phase of exponential growth in COVID-19 cases. Prodavinci asked 15 health experts in the country how to control the pandemic. These were their responses.

Voices of the Homeless

Homeless people across the U.S. talk about their struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. Audio has been edited for length and clarity.

History of Water in the Desert

This multimedia project provides a panoramic view of the water difficulties during the spread of COVID-19, in the southern and northern extremes of Lima, Peru.

Konzo in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Konzo, a disease associated with irreversible paralysis is caused by improperly processed or hastily prepared cassava, which can retain cyanide.

HIV and TB in South Africa, Revisited

According to all the latest reports, South Africa is making major steps in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS. A look at how the lives of women here have changed in the past three years.

The Office of Hope

In post-Chavez Venezuela, as an economic and political crisis threatens to plunge the country even deeper into chaos, daily life for many is a struggle for sustenance and safety.

What's Driving HIV in South Africa?

Young women are at particularly high risk for HIV in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where about 5,000 of them acquire the disease each week. Is a drug to prevent HIV really the best solution? Amy Maxmen looks at alternative solutions in South Africa.

Turning a Blind Eye on India's HIV Epidemic

More than half of all HIV-positive individuals will experience an eye complication during their lifetime. One such complication is CMV retinitis, which can lead to permanent blindness.

Labor Policy in the 2012 Farm Bill

Every five years the federal government passes a Farm Bill to outline agriculture and food policy. This year, interest groups are trying to get a policy protecting farmworker rights included.

Telling the Anna Hazare Story

Anti-corruption leader Anna Hazare burst on the scene in early 2011, a mystery to most Indians and much of the world. He is no mystery in the village where he has put Gandhian principles to the test.

Swimming and Water Safety

Students will learn about the importance of water safety and collect class data on swimming involvement.

Soil Pollution in China

Essential questions: What is the cost of industrialization and who pays it? How do we determine whether food is safe? How do you balance food security (production) and food safety?

School Lunches

Students outline a typical lunchroom at their school - drawings preferably - and predict what a lunchroom in another country might look like.

Cash Transfer Programs in Malawi

Students will come to their own informed conclusion as to whether cash payments to those living in poverty is helpful or simply a hand out.

Environmental Health: What is it?

This lesson draws from a range of projects on food waste, ocean health, global goods and extractives, food insecurity, water and sanitation and more to support student understanding around...

A Free Meal: India's School Lunch Program

India's midday meal program is the largest free lunch school program in the world. Through animation, radio reports and articles, students discover the successes and failures of the program.