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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.

 

Resistant Wheat: Progress Steady But Slow

Experts in Kenya report steady advances in developing varieties of wheat resistant to the stem-rust disease that threatens an essential crop. But progress is slow—and the stakes are high.

Africa's Abortion Wars

Health experts consider legalized abortion in Africa a potential solution to one of the leading causes of death for women. But cultural taboos and colonial laws present challenges.

Egypt: Homeless in Cairo

Nearly a year after the Egyptian revolution, families driven out of their homes still live in makeshift tent camps. Some of these families have mobilized to protest unsanitary conditions.

Talking About AIDS in Africa

At the International Conference on Family Planning in Dakar, a new study suggesting that hormonal contraception shots may double the risk of women becoming H.I.V.-positive created a stir.

Occupy Delhi: A Gandhian Take on Corruption

As India's year-long confrontation over corruption enters a decisive stage, a look at the village roots and Gandhian influences of Anna Hazare, the unlikely hero of the anti-corruption campaign.

The Famine Next Time

Millions of people are starving unnecessarily in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The world knows how to prevent drought-induced famine. So why doesn’t it?

Bolivia: El Alto's Contaminated Waters

El Alto is one of the fastest-growing cities in South America, but its infrastructure is lagging. The city’s wastewater is piped directly into rivers that connect to Lake Titicaca.