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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 Caravan is a Climate Change Story

Though the root causes of migration from Central America are largely poverty and entrenched community violence, climate change is a compounding factor causing hundreds of thousands to flee home.

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.

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.

Open Defecation in India

Six hundred million Indians defecate outside every day. What does this mean for Indian society and what will it take to change this practice?

HIV/AIDS in Tijuana and San Diego

Tijuana and San Diego, sister cities that have overlapping populations, have vastly different responses to HIV/AIDS, illustrating the stark challenges that still exist in many locales.

Water Safety in Zanzibar

The WHO estimates over 370,000 lives are lost each year to drowning. And while water is an undeniable part of culture in Zanzibar, Tanzania, lack of knowledge about aquatic survival is commonplace.

China: Dying to Breathe

China’s deadly mining accidents hit the international news headlines frequently. But the country's top occupational disease, pneumoconiosis, kills three times as many miners each year.

Surgery: The 'Neglected Stepchild' of Global Health

Surgically-treatable conditions cause more death and disability than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined. Now, a group of doctors is pushing to put surgery on the global health agenda.

Improving Students’ Blogging Skills

After a series of chats with Pulitzer Center journalists, students reflect on the experience in a creative yet relevant form of writing by producing a blog post.

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.