Friday, 03 August 2007

Preparing for the Great Ethiopian Run

On August 1, I started training with the Ethiopian National Running Team for the Great Ethiopian Run (GER) . It is a fantastic experience. I am honored that these great athlets are tolarating a novice such as me during their sometimes gruesome running sessions. Currently the focus is on endurance. Most of the time we can be seen training on the running track of the American School-Addis Ababa, in the large indoor gym at Bole Rd and at the vast eucalyptus forrest 15 Km north of Addis Ababa. (More to come soon.)

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Ethiopian Highland, July 2007

As promissed, I want to show you Emma, our dog. She is now 1 year old. She is tough as old leather but also very cute.

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Leaving Famous Fish Restaurant

Salah, the only Dive -Professional in Mukalla

Hotel Room View at Mukalla Bay

Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Feasting on lobsters at Di Hamri camp with Melissa and friends... after a nice day of diving and hiking up to a large cave on Socotra Island.

Sunday, 28 January 2007

Yemen: A Historical Map. Ahmed Attieg, 2007.

This map presents Yemen's fascinating history and geography. A must-have for travelers, development workers and anyone who is interested in understanding Yemeni affairs.
"The bird-view of territories is an icon of modern culture. It moves everyone who sees it.” -NA

Also look up: The Genographic Project.

Monday, 22 January 2007

My Scuba Diving Schedule 2007

Padi Divemaster: #623396
Current Weather Conditions: Yemen
Getting there:
Yemenia Airline Flight Schedule
Ethiopian Airline Flight Schedule
Djibouti Airlines Flight Schedule
Oman Air Flight Schedule
Turkish Airlines

DIVE PLAN 2007-2008

1. Socotra Island-Indian Ocean-Yemen: February 19-23

2. Kamaran-Kutama Island-Red Sea-Yemen: March 27-30

3. Mukalla-Gulf of Aden-Yemen: April 6-9

4. Baltic Sea-Warnemuende-Germany: October

5. Cape Hatteras-North Carolina: October

6. Gulf of Tanjoura-Djibouti: Mid-November Seven Brothers-(Sawabi) Islands


Questions? Just send me an e-mail

Sunday, 21 January 2007

Health Geographic Information System (GIS) Applications for Yemen: Why is it needed? Ahmed Attieg et al., 2004.

Presented at the Global Healt Council, Washington DC.
GIS is playing an increasingly important role in public health care and management around the world. The ability to spatially link health, population and environmental data into one system creates a powerful tool that gives public health specialists the ability to analyze health data in a clear, convenient and easy to comprehend form. USAID, the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MOPHP), and Governorate health office (GHO) officials can use the Health GIS to visualize and analyze information in new ways to strengthen health planning at the national and regional levels.

Specific examples of GIS analyses for health include:

• Targeting resources to meet health care services supply and demand
• Assessing status of health care facility distribution and needs (i.e., georeference location using GPS, services provided, staffing levels, utilization, equipment inventory, population dynamics, or other specified parameters)
• Registry mapping (i.e., birth, death, etc.)
• Vector control/disease tracking
• Evaluation of health service delivery equity and efficiency
• Demographic studies
• Awareness and promotion
• On-site software training for GIS and health professionals

The Yemen Health GIS will move beyond basic mapping capabilities toward sophisticated, evidence-based spatial analyses that can be used to improve health care, increase health facility utilization, and inform decision-making.

For the full article e-mail

An initial attempt to use GIS technology to localize regions in Yemen that could be at increased risk for AI transmission.

Can GIS (Geographic Information System) technology assist to identify locations in Yemen that are at increased risk for the transmission of Avian Influenza (AI) virus from migratory birds to poultry to humans?

By Ahmed Attieg MD, MPH, 2006.


Friday, 05 January 2007

Jasmine has turned 8 in December 2007.

Monday, 01 January 2007

Diving at the Hadramout Hotel, Mukalla: A Dive Map.

The Hardamout Hotel and it's House Reef: some interesting dive spots. Enjoy!

Saturday, 14 October 2006

Ethiopia, October 2006.

Addis Ababa, October 2006. Addis is located on a plateau, higher then Sanaa. I was told that Addis is the second highest capital city in the world. The weather was cold and rainy when I stepped out of the airplane... For the full story e-mail