Public Health

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.


Hungary's Toxic Flood: Memories in Red

On Oct. 4, 2010, the northwest corner of the dam at the No. 10 reservoir of the Ajka alumina plant collapsed, flooding the nearby towns of Kolontar and Devecser with 35 million cubic feet of red mud. The mud is a waste product of the process by which bauxite is refined into alumina, a form of aluminium oxide. As a result of the spill, 10 people were killed, more than 100 injured, and many left homeless. Six months later, nearby residents remain uncertain of their safety.

Too Young to Wed: Multimedia

Over the past eight years, photographer Stephanie Sinclair has investigated the phenomenon of child marriage around the world. Her multimedia presentation synthesizes this body of work into a powerful call to action.

Abidjan: Post-War Health Care

 After violence in Ivory Coast ended, hospitals were flooded with injured who had been afraid to leave their homes. For many, prolonged lack of medical care turned normal problems into emergencies.

Toxic Red Flood

The lives of the citizens of Ajka were turned upside down October 4th, 2010 when the dam of an alumina plant reservoir collapsed, unleashing a flood of red alkaline sludge.

Chernobyl Survivor Shares Story, Advice for Japan

Former Chernobyl liquidator Natalia Manzurova experienced the devastating effects of nuclear power firsthand at the site of the worst nuclear accident in history.