The release of these award-winning books describing an American woman doctor’s experiences during perilous times in India and Ethiopia reminds people that the human spirit can meet any challenge.
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These recently released books are of particular interest today during the COVID pandemic. Having won prestigious awards can give confidence to book lovers who enjoy reading memoirs but like to have recommendations.
“Searching for Sitala Mata: Eradicating Smallpox in India,” Gold Medal: 2017 Global Ebook Awards, Non-fiction, Inspirational, recounts Dr. Davis’s experiences as a young female doctor working for the World Health Organization (WHO) in its landmark smallpox eradication program.
The book recounts her life as a doctor in India where she had to deal with sexism and taboos that regularly interfered with her work as she scoured the countryside for the last remnants of deadly smallpox.
The 2019 B.R.A.G. Medallion Award Semi-Finalist and 2019 Kindle Book Award winner, “Three Years in Ethiopia: How a Civil War and Epidemics Led Me to My Daughter,” tells of Dr. Davis’s work for WHO to assist the Ethiopian government in preventing meningitis outbreaks in the early 1990s. In addition, she relates how she found and adopted a three-month-old baby from the street.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, she became one of the first black women admitted to the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.
Although she finished medical school and residency as a pediatrician, her humanitarian work with WHO in India permanently changed her focus. Realizing then that her calling was public health, she went back to school and earned a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
As a medical epidemiologist, Dr. Davis worked for over 35 years in international public health on programs for WHO, UNICEF, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 20 African and Asian countries, working on immunizations, malaria control, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and more.
As of 2013, Dr. Davis is retired, living on the shores of Lake Chapala in Mexico, not far from Guadalajara, where she has written and recently published her third memoir “Risking Is Better Than Regretting: Live Without Regrets.”
Interested parties can find out more about Dr. Davis’s books at http://www.amazon.com/Cornelia-E-Davis/e/B00TM9J114
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