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Press Release: Anne Davey Koomans’ Biography of Her Husband, David “Dave” M. Davey, Praised By Book Reviewers | WebWire.

[Wednesday, August 26, 2020]

“David Davey’s body was ravaged by polio at a young age, but the footprints he left behind are of unquestionable value,” says Jennifer Padgett of San Francisco Review.

Anne Davey Koomans published a biography of her late husband, humanitarian and disability rights activist David “Dave” M. Davey, titled “Beyond Barriers” (ReadersMagnet; 2020).

“Beyond Barriers” tells the exemplary life and works of the selfless Dave, who was instrumental in the passage of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As a liaison for Goodwill Industries, he worked with Senator Bob Dole on the National Barrier-Free Architectural and Transportation Board. The book also tells the author’s life with Dave and their travels together.

Anne’s biography of Dave earns the praise of book reviewers from independent book review publications for its vivid portrait of Dave, the life he led, and the legacy he left behind.

“A powerful story,” says Jennifer Padgett of San Francisco Review. “Anne Davey paints a beautiful portrait of her late husband. Her writing style is simple and engaging, allowing this biographical piece to be absorbed with ease despite its length.

“Additionally, a plethora of pictures of family, friends, and colleagues are dispersed throughout the pages. They nicely complement the text and provide readers with a more intimate view of the Daveys.”

Rachel Dehning of Manhattan Review, who loves to shop at Goodwill, didn’t know much about the help that Goodwill provides for others until reading “Beyond Barriers.” He wrote in his review, “I like how this story shows that anyone and everyone has the potential to make a difference, no matter their physical strength… Overall, this is a lovely story to read and will find enjoyment by readers who like learning about influential people and their personal lives; you will be surprised at both the public and personal facts presented.”

Susan Miller of Seattle Review takes note of Dave’s legacy in her review, “Anyone who has ever had to negotiate a wheelchair on a sidewalk curb where there is no easement knows how challenging this can be. We have Dave to thank for pressing for the changes that may seem small to some but mean a world of access to others.”

In her review for Portland Review, Erin Britton wrote, “‘Beyond Barriers’ is a moving, inspirational, and informative book, and it is a marvelous tribute to Dave Davey, a truly remarkable man.

“It’s written in a very engaging and accessible style, and Anne Davey Koomans’ love for her husband shines through on every page. Davey’s story might prove particularly inspiring for people with physical disabilities and for those with a strong Christian faith, but “Beyond Barriers” would be a great read for anyone seeking to learn about a truly exceptional life well lived.”

“‘Beyond Barriers’ is a biography full of lovely memories, a real diamond in the rough that with some solid editing could easily be made into a great book,” says Heather Stockard of IndieReader.

“A poignant testament to a life that exemplified unconditional love, faith, and dedicated persistence,” says Lisa Brown-Gilbert of Pacific Book Review. “Anne Davey Koomans’ ‘Beyond Barriers’ lovingly commemorates the exceptional life and times of her husband David M. Davey, a force to be reckoned with when it came to helping others, particularly the disabled.

“Altogether, moving, inspirational, and starkly truthful, this book bears important messages for us all, wheelchair-bound or not, concerning perceptions, exceeding limitations, unconditional love for self, as well as others, and having the mettle to bear it all.”

Jonah Meyer of the US Review of Books calls “Beyond Barriers” “a testament not only to Davey but also to the triumph of human accomplishment by those who, even when faced with personal difficulties, somehow always push further and further.”

Be inspired by David “Dave” M. Davey’s selflessness, sacrifice, and service to community. Order Anne Davey Koomans’ “Beyond Barriers” today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the author’s website

Beyond Barriers.
Author | Anne Davey Koomans
Publisher | ReadersMagnet
Published date | June 13, 2020
Book retail price | $14.56

Author Bio.

Born in 1937, Anne Davey Koomans is a strong Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was twelve. Being in God’s will for her life has always been Anne’s greatest desire. Anne has two daughters and one son and also been blessed with three granddaughters and two grandsons. Time spent with her family is the most important chapter in her life. Writing has always been in the corner of Anne’s heart but life took her in other directions. Classes, jobs, marriage, children, grandchildren, teaching and leadership roles at church, speaking at Christian retreats, and volunteering left little time for writing. She received her first copyright in 1994 for her Christian drama Witness of the Innkeeper. Anne has performed this forty-two-minute drama over 200 times in many countries, states, aboard ships, and at churches, schools, and nursing homes.

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[Surveillance of immunization effectiveness and titer of type Ⅰ and type Ⅲ polio vaccine in Beijing before and after the adjustment of immunization strategy in 2012-2018] | Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue Za Zhi | PubMed.

[2020 Jul 6;54(7):779-783] [Article in Chinese] [[Pay to View Full Text?]


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Objective: To analyze the changing trend of polio vaccine immunization effectiveness and vaccine titer in Beijing in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 before and after the adjustment of polio vaccine immunization program strategy. 

Methods: According to the convenient sampling method,the vaccination clinics of Chaoyang and Yanqing Districts in 2012, Fengtai and Daxing Districts in 2014, Tongzhou and Pinggu Districts in 2016, Dongcheng and Shunyi Districts in 2018 were selected as monitoring points. A total of 292 children were selected 4-8 weeks after the completion of 3 doses polio vaccine basic immunization which were 3 doses of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine(tOPV)schedule before the strategy adjustment in 2012-2014 and 1 dose of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) following 2 doses of bivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (bOPV) sequential schedule after the adjustment in 2016-2018. About 1.0 ml blood samples were collected to detect type Ⅰ and Ⅲ neutralizing poliovirus antibody. A total of 9 oral poliovirus vaccines (8 vaccines in 2012) were selected from different sources of vaccine storage every year to test the vaccine titer using random number method.

Results: The [MP25P75)] age of 292 children was 5 (5, 6) months, and the ratio of male to female was 1.04 (149/143). In 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, 66,72,68 and 86 children were investigated respectively. After basic immunization, antibody positive rates for type Ⅰ and Ⅲ poliovirus were 100%, except 98.61% (71) for type Ⅰ poliovirus in 2014. The neutralizing antibody titer of type Ⅰ and Ⅲ poliovirus was higher in 2016 and 2018 than that in 2012 and 2014 (P<0.001). The average titer of tOPV were (6.05±0.15) and (6.16±0.12) lgCCID50 per dose in 2012 and 2014. The average titer of bOPV were (6.88±0.21) and (6.26±0.14) lgCCID50 per 100 μl in 2016 and 2018 (P<0.001). 

Conclusion: Before and after the adjustment of polio vaccine immunization strategy in Beijing, the basic immunization success rate of the IPV-bOPV sequential immunization schedule was good as well as full tOPV schedule. The level of polio antibody produced by the IPV-bOPV sequential immunization schedule was higher. After adjustment, bOPV titer in 2016 was significantly higher than those before adjustment, while bOPV titer decreased significantly in 2018.

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Rotary Spends $2.2bn on Polio Eradication | THISDAY LIVE.

[August 28, 2020 10:00 am]

The Chairman of the Nigeria National Polioplus Committee of Rotary International, Dr. Tunji Funsho, said the organisation has spent $2.2billion to eradicate wild poliovirus.

He said about $298million was committed to anti-polio campaign and vaccination in 15 years in Nigeria. He also said about $17billion was spent by nations and global community on polio eradication. He made the disclosures while speaking with reporters on WPV-free certification by the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) on Tuesday. Nigeria has been certified polio-free by the World Health Organisation.

Funsho said more needed to be done on routine immunisation, as a handful of states had been under-performing in this respect.

He said: “I, the National Polioplus Committee, and all the Rotarians in Nigeria who have been working in tandem feel a deep sense of accomplishment and relief.

“At the same time, we must remind ourselves that we have not reached the bus stop in our wild poliovirus eradication; it is just a comma. We are looking forward to a time when we can actually say that the job is done and no child is paralyzed by the wild poliovirus.

“When we’re talking about funding, we have surpassed our deadline of the year 2000; we have gone another 20 years and that has its attendant costs which has increased the cost of this effort to almost $19bn and still counting because we have not eradicated polio from the world.

“Rotary has spent at least $2.2bn out of the $17bn on polio eradication worldwide. In Nigeria alone, in the last 15 years, we have expended about $298 million on the programme and we expect that we will still need some funds.

“Our work is not done yet because we still need to kick polio out of Nigeria. In order to do that, we still need to continue immunizing children. Immunization will only stop at the point in time that the World Health Organization (WHO) certifies the world polio-free.

“When will this happen? We hope that soon. Our challenge has been in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the transmission is mostly around the borders of those two countries.”

He spoke on how insurgency affected immunization for two years in Borno State.

He added, “The insurgency in the North, in Borno State in particular, prevented us from reaching children below the age of 5 for about 2 years. It was not too surprising that when those areas were liberated, we found children with the virus; they had been living in areas where the people had wild poliovirus and had been circulating.

“By the time we got them out of the IDP camps, we picked four cases that have had the wild poliovirus. Thankfully, Rotary and the partnership rose to the occasion and the President magnanimously released without hesitation over N9.5 billion in order to contain that outbreak in Borno state. It yielded very positive results because those were the last four cases we have seen since 2016.

“That is what has brought us to the point where the African Regional Certification Commission (ARCC), an arm of the WHO, on the 18th of June 2020, pronounced Nigeria polio free, and of course, by extension, having done most of the verification in other African countries, are now poised to certify the WHO accredited region a polio-free region.”

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Sudan Situation Report, 27 Aug 2020 | ReliefWeb.

[Source: OCHA] [Posted: 27 Aug 2020] [Originally Published: 27 Aug 2020] [Origin: View original]


  • Humanitarian organizations in Sudan provided life-saving assistance to nearly 7.5 million people in 179 of the country’s 189 localities during the first six months of the year.
  • The increased assistance has been crucial to address the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people in Sudan, at a moment where the humanitarian situation is deteriorating.
  • Meanwhile, nearly US$20 million will be required to respond to the current outbreak of vaccine-devired polio.
  • Recent intercommunal clashes in different localities of Kassala and Red Sea states and flooding affecting over 380,000 people are driving further displacement and increased needs.
  • COVID-19 transmissions also continue and over 13,000 people had contracted the virus in the country, as of 25 August 2020.

The country continues to face the health and humanitarian consequences of COVID-19.

  • First case: 14 March 2020

  • Total cases: 13,045 (as of 25 August 2020)

  • Total deaths: 823

  • States affected: All 18 states

  • Schools: Closed (8,375,193 learners affected).

  • Borders/flights: The Khartoum airport is partially opened since 20 July, and is gradually resuming international and national flights.

  • Containment measures: On 7 July, the High Committee for Health Emergencies announced the ease of lockdown restrictions in Khartoum State. The curfew is still in place, with movements now restricted from 6:00 p.m to 5:00 a.m. Bridges connecting Khartoum with Omdurman and North Khartoum are opened out of the curfew hours and transportation is allowed during this period. Movements in and out of Khartoum are not allowed. Some states in Darfur Region have closed borders and have imposed curfews to limit the movement of people. Government institutions resumed work on 12 July, with reduced scheduled and number of employees, to reduce congestion in the workplace. All staff must wear face masks and workplaces are to be sanitized regularly.


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sudan in mid-March, the Government confirmed that over 13,000 people contracted the virus, including 823 who died from the disease, as of 25 August. The increasing number of transmissions continues to pose pressure on the country's fragile health system, according to humanitarian partners. All 18 states have reported cases, with Khartoum, El Gezira, and Gedaref amongst the hardest-hit. Although Khartoum State accounts for about 70 per cent of all reported cases in the country, over 60 per cent of all COVID-19-related deaths have been reported from outside the capital. Some states have extremely high case fatality rates if compared with global trends, including North Darfur (30 per cent of people with COVID-19 died), Central Darfur (33 per cent), Red Sea (nearly 20 per cent), El Gezira (15 per cent). This could imply that a number of infections are not being diagnosed.

Sudan's health system was under extreme stress prior to the pandemic and has been further stretched to prevent, contain and treat COVID-19. Approximately 81 per cent of the population do not have access to a functional health centre within two hours of their home and the situation is getting worse, as many clinics are closing during the pandemic. In Khartoum State alone, nearly half of the health centres closed during the pandemic, and Darfur had already closed a quarter of their facilities in 2018 due to lack of funds and staff. Sudan has only 184 beds in intensive care units (ICU) and approximately 160 of them have ventilators, according to WHO. Only four ICU doctors---three in Khartoum and one and Gezira State---, are prepared to deal with patients infected with the virus, according to WHO.

Across Sudan, clinics and hospitals lack critical medicines, as they can no longer afford to stock them due to the economic crisis and also due to disruption in the supply chains. The situation makes it extremely challenging for the Government and aid organizations to respond to the pandemic and maintain essential services. Women and children have been especially affected. Maternal health clinics have closed, reproductive health services have been interrupted and over 110,000 children are missing out essential vaccines. Prevention to COVID-19 is also a challenge in Sudan, as 63 per cent of the population do not have access to basic sanitation, 23 percent do not have access to a hand-washing facility with soap and water and 40 per cent do not have access to basic drinking water services. The risk of transmissions and increased humanitarian needs are especially high amongst the nearly 2 million internally displaced people (IDP) and 1.1 million refugees living in collective sites or host communities across the country and the population living in urban slums.

COVID-19 is having direct and indirect impacts on food access in Sudan, according to the latest food security alert report from FEWS NET. Some families lost their incomes at a time where they also face higher living costs, including due to increasing medical costs related to the pandemic, as well as the ongoing economic crisis. The necessary COVID-19-related containment measures have also indirect negative impacts, limiting many poor households' physical access to areas where they typically earn income from daily labour.

Before COVID-19, about 9.3 million people were already in need of humanitarian support across Sudan. Years of conflict, recurrent climatic shocks and disease outbreaks continue to affect the lives and livelihoods of many Sudanese. The situation is worsening and now over 9.6 million people are facing severe hunger, in a country with already high malnutrition rates. Because of the fragile economy, more and more people are unable to meet their basic needs, as high inflation continues to erode families' purchasing power. An average local food basket takes up at least 75 per cent of household income.


  • The Federal Government, the United Nations and humanitarian partners have jointed efforts to prevent and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sudan. A COVID-19 Country Preparedness and Response Plan (CPRP), organized around nine pillars, is currently being implemented by UN agencies, NGOs and other partners in support to the Sudanese Government-led response.

  • Aid actors are establishing quarantine or isolation spaces and shelters, providing the country with COVID-19 testing kits and setting up water points and handwashing stations in IDP and refugee camps and in host communities. Over 1,600 health workers and rapid response teams in at least 277 localities across Sudan have been trained, hygiene kits distributed to nearly 500,000 people and protective equipment to attend the needs of 6,000 health centres in the country. Over 25 million people have been reached with campaigns to raise awareness to prevent transmissions and at least 2.8 million people were reached with food assistance in May.

  • The Transitional Government initiated the Family Support Programme, with support of the World Food Programme (WFP), to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19-related restrictions on vulnerable families. The programme will provide 600,000 families---about 3.6 million people, nearly 80 per cent of the population---with US$5 per person per month.

  • An estimated $582 million was pledged by donors for this programme during the Sudan Partnerships Conference that took place in Berlin on 25 June.

  • The UN and its partners launched on 19 July the COVID-19 addendum to the Humanitarian Response plan, a US$283 million appeal to address the most immediate and critical needs of millions of Sudanese people affected by the health and humanitarian consequences of COVID-19.

  • On 22 August, the Government of Turkey sent medical supplies and equipment to Sudan to assist Government response to COVID-19. The supplies included 50 respirators, 50,000 masks and 50,000 face shields, and 100,000 surgical masks.

  • On 16 August, the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) sent 24 tons of medical and food aid to assist in COVID-19 and floods response. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sudan in mid-March, the UAE has donated nearly 90 tons of medical supplies and equipment. In addition, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development donated 136 tons of medicines to the National Fund for Medical Supplies in Sudan. On 6 June, the UAE-based Al Maktoum Foundation sent 37 tons of medical supplies including protective clothing, masks, sterilizers, glucose, and other supplies to help Sudan fight COVID-19.

Official sources:

Sudan Federal Ministry of Health

WHO Sudan Twitter

Other sources:

COVID-19 Educational Disruption and Response, by UNESCO

COVID-19 World Travel Restrictions, by the Emergency Division of the World Food Programme (WFP)

Global COVID-19 Airport Status, by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:
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