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PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

26 October 2017

Karachi, Pakistan

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5-15 Minutes

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For disease eradication campaigns to succeed, public health officials need to interact with the public. In Pakistan, the front line against polio is comprised of women who reach out to directly to families with young ...

The Vindicator

Tim Rudell

22 October 2017

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

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As the opioid crisis continues to impact all areas of the United States, local governments are starting to try solutions they previously had dismissed. In Ohio, this means implementing needle exchange programs with th...

WKSU

Tim Rudell

13 October 2017

Mahoning, Ohio, United States

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In Mahoning County, Ohio, a needle exchange program helps prevent addicts from contracting communicable diseases that might create further barriers to sobriety. The needle exchange also creates an interface for addict...

Route 40

Elinor Comlay

27 September 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

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A needle exchange in Atlantic city has resulted in used needles visibly strewn around the surrounding area, which is also a popular area with tourists. The government as well as locals aren't happy with the the needle...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 September 2017

Zimbabwe

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While Zimbabwe struggles with a dictatorship and an economic crisis, it has made strides towards achieving ambitious goals related to HIV/AIDS. This has been done through government investment in AIDS programs, intens...

The New York Times

John Cary

12 September 2017

Haiti

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The cholera outbreak in Haiti affected and killed thousands of people. Treating patients as quickly as possible became a top priority. Mass Design Group designed Gheskio's Cholera Treatment Center as a building that p...

BBC

Ruth Evans

11 July 2017

Chiang Mai, Thailand

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"Poor man Instagram" is how vets at Chiang Mai University describe their system of pandemic preparedness and emergency prevention. Recruiting community members throughout the region to be disease detectives, the scien...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

27 June 2017

Norway

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With climate change, population pressures and mobilization epidemics will occur more frequently, and past ones have proven to be disastrous and expensive. The Center for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is foc...

POZ Magazine

Benjamin Ryan

5 April 2017

United States

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As HIV rates rise, various states within the United States are working to address underlying issues that contribute to this increase by improving surveillance methods. Based on the premise that better record-keeping w...

BBC

Gemma Newby

28 March 2017

Cap-Haïtien, Department of Nord, Haiti

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Haiti is currently battling the biggest cholera epidemic in recent history caused by lack of access to clean drinking water. Soil is an NGO which delivers dry, compost toilets to peoples’ homes - alternatives to wat...

Vox

Julia Belluz

22 December 2016

Guinea

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In Guinea, scientists were ready to test a new vaccine but due to the decline of cases of ebola there were too few cases to run a meaningful traditional randomized study. Using ring vaccination, a public health method...

The Guardian

Kary Stewart

Dinitha Rathnayake

24 October 2016

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria, but through decades of fighting the country achieved malaria-free status from the World Health Organization. The fight against malaria was won through regio...

The Economist

Amy Yee

15 September 2016

Gahini Sector, Kayonza District, Rwanda

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Rwanda is a poor, rural country with a troubled history. Yet the country has built an effective national health system by tackling the diseases of poverty, such as diarrhea and pneumonia, with smart use of internation...

The New Yorker

Siddhartha Mukherjee

22 August 2016

United States

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In the past two years, Zika virus has arisen as one of the most pressing public health concerns. This piece charts the worldwide efforts by doctors using new technology to develop a vaccine for Zika.

The Atlantic

Ed Yong

8 August 2016

Cairns, Australia

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The dengue virus is spread by mosquito and infects 400 million people every year with no vaccine or successful treatment. Scientists have started to inject mosquitoes with a bacteria they have found to stop the virus ...

Your Mark on the World Center

Devin Thorpe

27 May 2016

Islamabad, Pakistan

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UNICEF is trying to eradicate polio in Pakistan, one of the only places in the world where the disease is still endemic. Using a comprehensive vaccination system despite lack of resources, they are one step closer to ...

The New York Times Magazine

Jessica Benko

26 May 2016

Faranah, Guinea

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A doctor in Guinea trains health workers to halt the transmission of Ebola, but also must work to increase trust in and reliance on health care workers among villagers through a "community agents" network.

POZ Magazine

Benjamin Ryan

16 May 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Two of America’s largest cities, New York City and San Francisco, are working to reduce HIV rates by bringing better health care options closer to the communities and connecting individuals with resources such as insu...

Newsweek

Patrick Adams

4 January 2016

Norman, Oklahoma, United States

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Though it claims as many as 300,000 lives every year, meningitis is not widely regarded as a major health problem by many health organizations in comparison to more familiar diseases like tuberculosis. One family-run ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 November 2015

Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

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Westerners' fear of infection of Ebola motivated a vaccine in record time, but a preventive system put in place could ensure similar results for other viruses before they reach the same magnitude.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

17 November 2015

Bangladesh

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A research center in rural Bangladesh has continuously collected health data for decades, thereby improving public health in the region and serving as a control population for vaccine programs.

On Medicine

Nancy Fullman

Alexandra Wollum

3 September 2015

Nigeria

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In light of a study published in BMC Medicine, authors Nancy Fullman and Alexandra Wollum take a deeper dive into Nigeria’s gains against polio and what they could mean for the country’s routine vaccine systems.

Pacific Standard

Rob Waters

17 August 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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For decades, AIDS has taken the lives of millions of people and infected millions more worldwide. The key to reducing the effect of AIDS, and even potentially curing it, involves treating patients as early as possible...

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Taunya English

3 August 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Multi-faceted efforts are being used by Chicago health providers to raise HPV vaccination rates. In the primary care practice, providers are using workflow tools such as flagging patient records in the appropriate age...

The New York Times

Jens Erik Gould

12 June 2015

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Tuberculosis is still a rampant problem in the developing world. Doctors are looking for even more advanced ways to test for TB beyond the GeneXpert tests.

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