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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.

 

The World's Most Common Contraception Has a Dark Past

In India, many women have died getting sterilized—but it remains the most widespread contraceptive method both there and in the rest of the world. Why is it so popular, and what are the drawbacks?

The New Battle for London's Air

London already waged one battle for its air nearly six decades ago. The war, however, isn't yet over. A rise in pollution threatens the city and its most vulnerable residents yet again.

How Cape Town Defeated Day Zero—for Now

Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa, Jacqueline Flynn explores the reality of living with Level 6 water restrictions and the little changes that made the biggest difference for Capetonians during the water crisis.

Cape Town Water Crisis: A Timeline

What were the first signs of a looming water crisis in Cape Town? What restrictions were placed on residents? And how did Capetonians reduce their water consumption?

The Weight of Numbers: Air Pollution and PM2.5

Larry C. Price visited seven countries to examine the impacts of PM2.5 air pollution, and to uncover what’s being done—or not—to address this ambient and ultimately controllable killer.

Gasping for Air in India’s Industrial North

Air pollution kills one million Indians annually. In the northern city of Patna, the problem shaves four years, on average, off residents’ lives.

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.

Ukraine's Most Vulnerable, Two Years On

Two years after Euromaidan, the Russian seizure of Crimea and conflicts in eastern Ukraine, a depressing new reality has sunk in for many displaced Ukrainians: they're not getting their old lives back.

Deadly Pollution: The World's Most Toxic Places

Pollution sickens and kills millions of people worldwide each year. This project explores the most toxic places with a focus on causes, consequences and possible solutions.

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."

Meet the Journalist: Sim Chi Yin

Photojournalist Sim Chi Yin discusses her reporting on a family affected by silicosis, an occupational lung disease that affects an estimated 6 million in China, most of them miners.

This Week: Bringing Home Hope from Cuba

This week: lung cancer patients travel to Cuba for a promising vaccine, South Africa is challenges the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS, climate change in Greenland is causing drought for farmers.

Can a Dating App Erase HIV Stigma?

The July 2016 PBS NewsHour series “Ending AIDS” documents challenges of providing HIV testing to at-risk populations. A new study suggests that the gay dating app Grindr could help.

Ukraine's Internally Displaced

Students investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to understand how journalists use various mediums to tell different accounts of Ukraine's internally displaced persons.

The Power of Poetry

In this lesson, students investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to understand how poetry can be used as a means of communication.

Tuberculosis: A Call to Action

This lesson plan for science teachers, humanities teachers, and university professors examines the role that visuals can play in driving policy change by inspiring readers to “do something”.

Telling Science Stories: Data Visualization

This lesson shows students how journalists use data visualization to effectively communicate scientific issues—and directs students to create their own projects using the mapping platform CartoDB.

Malnutrition in Guatemala

In the following nutrition lesson plan, students will investigate educational resources using diverse media in order to articulate the issue of malnutrition in Guatemala.

World Water Day

The following World Water Day lesson plan and classroom resources for humanities, science, social studies, media and English teachers ask students to investigate four Pulitzer Center reporting...