Writing the Book–My Africa Memoir–Was the Easy Part

Writing, writing, writing—12 to 14 hours a day. I loved it! I was writing down my memories of Africa and of smallpox eradication—some humorous, some horrifying. So many chapters to write. In this post, I’ll share a few brief excerpts as well as showing you how much I enjoyed, and was consumed by, the writing.…

Smallpox / Public Health Hero Loses to Cancer at 80

Dr. Davida Coady has lost her battle with ovarian cancer. She was 80 years old. Davida Coady, physician who treated refugees in Biafra and helped eradicate smallpox in India, dies at 80. When Dr. Coady was treating refugees in Biafra in 1969, my husband Carl was eradicating smallpox on the Nigerian side of the Nigeria-Biafra…

Opposition Party Banned, Activists get 30+ Years

Extra Edition When we lived in Equatorial Guinea during smallpox eradication, the dictator of this sinister place, President Macias Nguema, outlawed political opposition. He instituted the Partido Unico Nacional (P.U.N.) the Single National Party. 48 years later, I have the sad duty to share breaking news that feels like a replay. The court has banned…