- Written by Giulia Fabris
Jessie Pullar is sharing her passion for nutrition to support Fijian dieticians develop knowledge for a healthy future.
GHG: Tell us about yourself.
Growing up I was never really sure what I wanted to be and in my final year of high school my careers advisor didn’t have much advice beyond hair dressing, laboring and teaching. Originally I set off to university to become an early childhood teacher. By the end of the first semester I made an instant switch to study nutrition and psychology. With a notorious sweet tooth, a career history at McDonalds and not the most studious of personalities my parents thought I’d had a head transplant – but I absolutely loved it!!
The science of nutrition and human behavior had me hooked and I threw myself in to it, eventually graduating as a dietitian. From my first day in dietetics I knew that my passion lay in nutrition communications. Knowing there weren’t many jobs in this field in New Zealand I made a quick move to Perth Australia were I landed my first role with the Heart Foundation running lifestyle programs.
- Written by Salenna Elliott
One of the successes of global public health has been the eradication of smallpox. Read Salenna Elliot’s review of the book Smallpox: The Death of a Disease by D. A. Henderson and then browse more Books and Films.
Smallpox is the only infectious disease of humans that has ever been successfully eradicated from the planet. In Smallpox: The Death of a Disease, D.A. Henderson, the man who lead the WHO campaign, tells the story of this extraordinary public health achievement.
Smallpox was a hideous disease characterised by systemic symptoms followed by the appearance of hundreds to thousands of painful pustular pocks which covered the face, body and limbs. Of those infected with the more severe form, around one third died. Survivors were left with scars and sometimes blindness. At the beginning of the campaign in 1967, it was estimated that there were approximately 10-15 million cases and 2 million deaths per year across 43 countries.