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Bothaina Attal

CARA Visiting Fellow


GCRF Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA), Reproductive Health among Youth in Conflict settings, Yemen (R2HC)

Personal background

Dr Bothaina Attal joined the Centre for Business Research as a CARA Visiting Fellow in 2020, and is Associate Professor of Public Health at Sana’a University, Yemen. She is a medical doctor holding a PhD in Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK.

She has over 10-years public health experience in teaching, multi-disciplinary research and programme management in Yemen and in a number of Arab countries. She worked at WHO and UNICEF, Yemen, in establishing and managing reproductive health and gender programmes. In UNICEF, Dr Attal oversaw the piloting of the community-based Reproductive Health and Child Health programme in hard-to-reach populations in several governorates in the country. Dr Attal supported setting up reproductive health services in conflict-affected areas in Yemen through developing humanitarian fund appeals, and planning and implementing of health projects.

In her work as an academic and a freelance consultant, Bothaina participated as a principal and a co-investigator of multi-disciplinary and muti-institutional research projects in reproductive health, gender issues and health systems. In the current research project, she is looking at the political and economic factors shaping the health system in Yemen as part of the multi-country study in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The findings of the Yemen case study are aimed to inform strengthening the health system and its transition from an emergency response mode to a development stage.

Selected publications

AlKarim T, Abbara A, Attal B. (2021) ‘Armed conflict alone does not explain the devastation of Yemen’s health system’, BMJ Global Health.

Attal BA, Bezdan M, Abdulqader A. (2021) ‘Quality of Sleep and Its Correlates among Yemeni Medical Students: A Cross-Sectional Study’, Sleep Disord. doi: 10.1155/2021/8887870. PMID: 33542840; PMCID: PMC7841446.

Hunersen K, Attal B, Jeffery A, Metzler J, Alkibsi T, Elnakib S, Robinson WC. (2021) ‘Child marriage in Yemen: a mixed methods study in ongoing conflict and displacement’, J Refug Stud,

Al-Ammar F, Attal BA, Ismail K. (2020) ‘The Child PTSD Symptom Scale among Yemeni Schoolchildren: Factorial Validity’, Eur. J. Soc. Sci. 3(1): 119-132.

Attal BA, Al-Ammar FK, Bezdan M. (2020) ‘Validation of the Arabic Version of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale among the Yemeni Medical Students’, Sleep Disord. doi: 10.1155/2020/6760505. PMID: 32190388; PMCID: PMC7071801.

Attal BA, Muharam AA, Assabri AM, Al-Ra’abei JS. (2016) ‘Knowledge and Attitudes of Sana’a University Students towards Reproductive Health, Yemen’, Sana’a University Journal of Medical Sciences, 6(1): 68-75.

Attal BA, Hassan A. (2016) ‘Development and application of a maternity satisfaction questionnaire’, Sana’a University Journal of Medical Sciences, 6(1).

Dejong J, Bahubaishi N, Attal B. (2012) ‘Effects of reproductive morbidity on women’s lives and costs of accessing treatment in Yemen’, Reprod Health Matters, 20(40):129-38. doi: 10.1016/S0968-8080(12)40655-3. PMID: 23245418.

Contact details

Bothaina Attal
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG