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RNZ – Kim Hill: Petra Straight: Pharmacist on the frontline


From Kim Hill on RNZ

Working as a pharmacist in some of the worst conflict zones in the world has given Petra Straight a new perspective on risk.

She was part of the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and now works for Save The Children’s Emergency Health Unit.

It’s a role that has taken Petra all over the world – helping vaccinate against yellow fever in the Congo, and working within a reproductive health programme in Mozambique.

Until just recently, Petra was in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, helping set up a Covid-19 treatment centre at the refugee camp there for Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar. 

She’s now in self-isolation in London

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