Mandela in Ethiopia: Interesting Facts

Mandela Ethiopia passport1 – Nelson Mandela wrote in his Autobiography,
“Ethiopia always has a special place in my imagination and the prospect of visiting Ethiopia attracted me more strongly than a trip to France, England, and America combined. I felt I would be visiting my own genesis, unearthing the roots of what made me an African. “

2 – During his period in exile, Nelson Mandela spent time in Ethiopia in 1962 where he received military training and where he addressed the Organization of African Unity.   It was shortly after leaving Ethiopia to South Africa when he was arrested, serving 27 years in prison.

3 – Would you like to stay in the same room slept in by Nelson Mandela?  Travel no further than the Ras Hotel in downtown Addis Ababa.

4 – During his stay in Ethiopia, Nelson Mandela received an Ethiopian passport under the alias David Motsamayi. Continue reading

Protect Yourself From HIV

HIV Testing

HIV Testing

HIV is a virus spread through body fluids that affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. The immune system helps our body to fight diseases. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and diseases. When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS.

Ethiopia is one of the most HIV affected countries. The United Nations AIDS organization estimates that during 2012 approximately 800,000 Ethiopians are living with HIV (representing about 1.5% of adult population), over 47,000 died from AIDS, and about 1 million children were orphaned due to AIDS. Watch video on basic facts about HIV/AIDS.

The most common way HIV is transmitted is through unprotected sex with a person infected with HIV. The following steps can reduce your risk: Continue reading

Coffee Helps The Heart

imageA study by Japanese researchers offers new evidence that coffee boosts the function of small blood vessels in people who are already healthy. The researchers recruited 27 young adults in their 20s to participate in the study. None of them were regular coffee drinkers, but they agreed to consume coffee for the sake of science.

On one of the days, the coffee was caffeinated. On the other day, they drank decaf. They weren’t told which was which. Neither were the researchers, who measured the volunteers’ blood pressure and blood flow after they finished their beverages.  Continue reading