Two Plus Two Equals Four!!!

My water broke around 3:30 that Sunday afternoon. Since I’d been in ‘barely there’ labor since 9 in the morning, everything was ready and already by the door. I quickly put on the blue dress that boyfriend was ironing at the time and we rushed out...

Modern Mom Can't Cook

The food had just started boiling when I heard a knock on the door. My pocket was hurting that day; I only had 4 shillings to my name. Not one to despair, I was contented working with what I had – rice, potatoes and an onion. Without the tomatoes to at least add some color, I was prepared to have some very bland lunch. But it was ok, ...

Biggest Baby Expenses and How to Save on Them

Though the spending on the new baby is inevitable, there are steps you can take to ensure that you keep the costs at a minimum. In this post, we look at the biggest baby expenses and how to save on them ...

I am Selfish

There’s a long hoot and I’m screaming his name at the top of my lungs. In that split second, I see my life come to an end. I see myself losing my best friend barely two days after his coming home. I see him robbed of life right before my very eyes...

Are you Making these six Parenting Mistakes?

Parenting would be easier if it came with a manual. We all have different parenting styles and none can be said to be better than the other. There are however mistakes we all make as parents, sometimes coming from a very good place.In this post we discuss six major parenting mistakes.

Dealing with Unwarranted Parenting Advice

Being different is ok. We are all special in one way or another. This memo, however, did not get to the perfection bullies. When your child is a little different, they’ll make it their business to tell you what you probably did wrong to end up where you are, and come up with so many solutions to your problem your head will spin.

Melina's Messy Updo

A messy updo comes in handy when I need to do a simple hairstyle in little to no time. I have found that it works best on freshly washed hair as the curls are more defined then. You do not even have to comb it. Just shampoo, condition, moisturize, oil and style :-)

Of Housegirls and Parenting

She called early Sunday morning telling me that she was in town but when I went to get her, my calls went unanswered. Thirty missed calls later, I could not reach her. Thinking that her phone must have run out of charge, I now had the hectic task of looking for her in a crowded town via footsteps the way it used to be done like 3 presidents ago ...

Goodbye Ceskycess. Hello, Modern Mom.

When I started blogging, I had no idea what I wanted to say. I therefore wrote some really pathetic posts and prayed that no one would ever read them. A few months later, a love interest did some stalking, found my blog and read the half-baked posts. To please me (I think), he praised and gushed my writing.

Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Nutritionists have always advised that when going for vegetables and fruits, the more colorful the better. Hiding in the greens, oranges, reds, yellows, purples and other bright colors is a wealth of phytonutrient goodness; from minerals and vitamins to antioxidants. 

Antioxidants like carotenoids, particularly the beta-carotene, have become synonymous with anti-cancer because of their effectiveness when it comes to fighting the cancer causing free radicals. They also keep the heart and other degenerative diseases at bay. 

In this infographic by www.tortoiseshare.net, you will see a list of super-foods with the highest amounts of antioxidants.



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Ramtons Electric 3 Bar Quartz Heater Review

I just had to review this Ramtons Electric Heater because it has really come through for me this last week. Read on and I'll tell you what happened...

My first born daughter just turned 4 and a half years. She had a bad flu last week and had to stay away from school for all 5 days. On Thursday, I boiled oxtail soup, put some in a mug and headed to the living room where both my kids were playing.

The older girl was making a mess behind the couch while trying to pull her desk and I placed the soup on the table for a second to help her out. I've been regretting that decision ever since because as soon as I turned, I heard my 11 month old scream in pain. She had reached for the hot soup and poured it all over her chest.

I cannot even begin to explain what happened next. I grabbed my baby, run to the bathroom where our housekeeper was doing laundry and had her help me undress the, now screaming hysterically, baby. I then cooled the burn with a wet towel, grabbed the car keys and rushed out with my half naked baby in one arm and her blanket in the other.

I then drove like crazy hooting all the way to the hospital, took two stairs at a time because I felt like the lift was too slow for me and burst into the consultation room that was nearest to the door.When they asked what her name was, I was too confused to remember and I gave them my older daughter's. It was only after she'd been given pain-killers and relaxed a little that I realize that my neighbors daughter was with me and that I was wearing my in-door shoes.

Long story short, we were treated and discharged. We were given some Sulfur cream to be applying twice daily and painkillers. But here's where it got interesting; she had to stay naked from the waist up for one whole week.

Since all this happened in July (the coldest month in the year) I was afraid of a little more than wound infection. I also had to protect her from a cold, flu or even Pneumonia.Thank God I had the Ramtons Electric Heater that I bought the day she was born and have been using when giving her baths.

The first thing I did when I got home was load 2,000 shillings worth of Tokens. I only got 108 units. Since I'd have to keep the room heated day and night, I expected the tokens to last for at most 3 days. As I'm writing this, it is day 8, the wound has dried almost completely, the heater has been on all this time and the  tokens are yet to be exhausted. I'm however expecting them to be all gone any time now.

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This electrical appliance has been a life saver I have to say. I honestly do not think that she'd have healed this fast if I did not have it. There are times when you want to follow the doctors orders but what do you do when it is freezing cold and you have nothing else to do? You just layer pieces of clothing on your baby and the burn gets infected.

Ramtons Electric 3 Bar Quartz Heater Pros


  • It has 3 setting. You can use one bar if you just want the room to be a little warm, 2 bars, or 3 when you need the room to be extremely warm
  • Unlike a fan, you do not have to deal with the draught
  • It is very save to use and will not work unless it is upright and on a flat surface. It does not even work when placed on a very shaggy rug
  • Like I've now learnt, it is energy efficient. I've been using it day and night for 8 days and I'm yet to exhaust 2,000 bob worth of tokens
  •  Perfect for bathing an infant
  • It is pocket friendly
I bought mine at a local supermarket but if you can't get one where you live, you can order from Jumia Kenya and they'll have it delivered to you.

See the Ramtons Electric 3 Bar Quartz Heater on Jumia Kenya.





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Merck Foundation at African Union Assembly, African First Ladies Summit

  • Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp affirms Merck's long-term partnership with African countries

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Merck Foundation continues its strong partnership with African Countries, to build healthcare capacity, improve access to cancer care and advance people lives through science and technology.

During The 19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA), held at the African Union. Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, affirmed Merck’s long term partnership with African countries to provide oncology fellowship programs, provide practical training for fertility specialists and to empower infertile women through access to information, health and change of mind-set through “Merck Cancer Access Program” and “Merck More than a Mother” campaign.

Meeting the First Ladies of Africa:

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr.RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, meet the First Ladies.

From left to right: H.E. Roman Tesfaye,The First Lady of; H.E. Rebecca
NaaOkaikorAkufo-Addo,The First Lady of Ghana; H.E. Aisha Muhammadu
Buhari, The First Lady of Nigeria; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp,Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board
of Trustees of Merck Foundation, Dr.RashaKelej, CEO of Merck Foundation

H.E SiaNyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone (centre);Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(left)

H.E. Brigitte Touadera The First Lady of C.A.R. (front right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (left), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(back left)

H.E. Roman Tesfaye The First Lady of Ethiopia (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)

H.E. Maria Rosa Teixeira The First Lady of Guinea Bissau (right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (back left), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(left)

H.E. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari The First Lady of Nigeria (left); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (centre), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (right)


H.E. InkhosikatiLaMbikiza, The First Lady of Swaziland (front) greetsProf. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation asH.E SiaNyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone (centre back) and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(left back) look on.

H.E. Hinda DebyItno, The First Lady of Chad(left) greets H.E SiaNyama Koroma, The First Lady of Sierra Leone as H.E. Maria Rosa Teixeira, The First Lady of Guinea Bissau (left), Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation look on.

H.E. Dominique Ouattara, The First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire (right); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (left), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation(centre)

H.E. Mathato S. Mosisili , The First Lady of Lesotho (centre); Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG  and  Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation (right), Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)


Group photo: 19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA)

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation

19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA), held at the African Union

To learn more about the Merck Foundation programs and their training and fellowship opportunities, please visit their website www.merck-foundation.comand www.merckmorethanamother.com

For more information on the Merck Foundation, please visit www.merck-foundation.com

For more information on Merck More Than a Mother, please visit www.merckmorethanamother.com

For more information on Merck Africa, please visit www.merck-africa.com

Join Merck Foundation healthcare & research online community to exchange experience and information with other healthcare providers, researchers, students, policy makers and community members in Africa and beyond www.merck-foundation.com  free registration  


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Merck Foundation Commits to Long Term Partnership with Government of Tanzania

  • Merck Foundation commits to build healthcare capacity and improve access to innovative and equitable healthcare solutions in Tanzania
 H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr SamiaSuluhu Hassan (right) and Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (left)

During the high-level meeting between Her Excellency Vice President, Dr.SamiaSuluhu Hassan and Dr. Rasha Kelej, the CEO of Merck Foundation, Merck Foundation commits to a long term partnership with the Government of Tanzania to build healthcare capacity and improve access to innovative and equitable healthcare solutions across the country as part of their CSR programs across Africa.

Merck Foundation will focus on providing one year and two years Surgical and Paediatric oncology fellowship program in India, Europe and University of Nairobi for Tanzanian doctors to improve the cancer care in the country. They will also focus on empowering infertile women through access to information, awareness, health, change of mind set and economic empowerment across the country through their ‘Merck more than a Mother’campaign. “The prevalence of infertility is so high in Africa , one every four couple in reproductive age suffers from infertility and yet around 85% of those cases are due to untreated infectious disease which can prevented , hence  raising awareness about prevention through local media and social media is very critical”, Rasha Kelej said.

From left to right: Ms.Maulidah Hassan, Assistant to the Vice President of the United  Republic of Tanzania; Dr Nicholaus Stephen Mazuguni, MD, MMED(O&G) Embryology Training Alumni; Mr Leonard Saika, Program Director Merck Foundation; Dr Rasha Kelej ,CEO Merck Foundation and H.E. Dr SamiaSuluhu Hassan, Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania. 

“Raising awareness about male infertility as the infertility affects women and men equally and yet women are the one who been solely blamed, discriminated and mistreated in their communities. The campaign will address this topic and encourage men to discuss openly their infertility and share the journey of infertility diagnosis and treatment with their wives”, Kelej added.

Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (right); H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr SamiaSuluhu Hassan (left)

Her Excellency Vice President,SamiaSuluhu Hassan commended the role Merck Foundation plays in healthcare capacity building in Africa and welcomes them to Tanzania.She added: “Tanzania welcomes Merck Foundation to the country, we are happy to partner with such reputable and serious organization top empower women and you, healthcare and science. I will personally work with you to empower these underprivileged women  socially and economically across Tanzania and the rest of the world to create a culture shift needed to respect and appreciate women as productive members in society weather they are mother or not.”

From left to right: Mr Leonard Saika, Program Director Merck Foundation;Dr Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and H.E. Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Dr SamiaSuluhu Hassan

To know more about Merck Foundation programs and their training and fellowship opportunities, please visit their website www.merck-foundation.com and www.merckmorethanamother.com 

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MERCK MORE THAN A MOTHER MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

  • Merck Foundation has launched the “Merck More than a Mother” ‘Media Recognition Awards’ Call for Applications. 

     
    "We have established this award to showcase and appreciate outstanding health journalism and to recognize individual professional journalists and students who have produced accurate, informative, and compelling stories about infertile women or couples," emphasized Dr. RashaKelej, Chief Executive Officer, of Merck Foundation and President of “Merck More than a Mother”.

    The stories targeted are those of infertile women sharing their suffering and abuse by their husbands, families or communities due to their condition. It is very critical to share these stories with the public to build advocacy of the need to change such behavior and break the stigma around infertility in general. It also will provide a platform for those who have sought treatment to advise others on the journey and support those undergoing infertility treatments.

    The stories submitted should be in a form of articles with photos, or three to five minute videos recorded using smart devices.

    Visit our website to see example of the videos and different articles about infertile women, men and couples.

    www.merckmorethanamother.com

    The Awards will honor and reward outstanding journalistic coverage that enhances the public’s engagement and understanding of infertility stigma and the need to change the social perception of it in African communities.

    Watch videos below on the stories of women’s suffering as a result of the infertility stigma.


     Merck More Than a Mother with Grace Kambini AKA "Mama Chips"

     
    Merck More Than a Mother with ElishibaNjoki

     
    Merck More Than a Mother with Byansi Adrian Ssemugga and SawuyaNtongo, couple from Uganda

    Prize Award

    Who can apply?

    The Award is open to print, video broadcast, photo journalists and media students whose stories appear in newspapers, websites, blogs and television and that target the public.


    Categories

    Submission will be judged and recipients selected based on the following categories:

    Print and Online
    • Newspapers or magazines
    • Online (blogs and/or social media)

    Broadcast
    • Television
    • Online (blogs and /or social media)

    Photos
    • Newspaper or magazines
    • Online(blogs and /or social media)

     

    Judging Panel

    The judging panel consists of experts from diverse professional backgrounds including journalists, communications experts and media managers.

    Eligibility
    • The story must have been published any time before 30th  AUGUST 2017
    • Links to the stories must be submitted before the dead line.
    • Plagiarism of any kind will lead to automatic disqualification
    • Photo entries will only be limited to 2 photographs per journalist/student.
    • Applicants should be East African journalists and registered media students in East Africa.

    Deadline

    Deadline for submission of the stories and photos is 31st AUGUST 2017.

    Application Process

    Applicants Name, Sex, Age, Media House or Institution (for students), Country and Contacts must be provided with the submission.

    Applications can be submitted via mystory@merckmorethanamother.com

    Health and Social Facts 

    Inability to have a child or to conceive can result in being greatly ostracized, isolated, disinherited or assaulted. This may lead to denial of access to family traditions, divorce or physical and psychological abuse. The social stigma of childlessness especially for infertile women still leads to isolation and stigmatization in many cultures. While it’s estimated that about 50% of infertility cases are caused by male factors, women are left to solely carry the burden of blame.
    Together we can create a Culture Shift.

    "Merck More than a Mother" Campaign  is very important for Africa, as it is well known that the consequences of infertility are much more dramatic in developing countries and can create more wide ranging social and cultural problems compared to western societies, particularly for women.

    "Merck More than a Mother" Campaign aims to empower infertile women through access to information, health, change of mind set and economic empowerment.

    The Awards

    The Merck More than a Mother Media Recognition Awards is an initiative by Merck, the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company; to raise awareness about the critical role the media can play in breaking the stigma around infertility. It also aims to change the culture of discrimination and abuse of infertile women while educating the public about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In addition, the campaign aims to encourage men to discuss their infertility condition openly, support their wives through the journey of testing and treatment.
    Fertility is a Shared Responsibility.

    About Merck Foundation

    The Merck Foundation, established in 2017,  is a non-profit limited liability company in accordance with German law and is a subsidiary of Merck KGaA. Merck foundation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to innovative healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available on the Merck Foundation Website.   Please go to www.merck-foundation.com  to read more and/or register online to interact and exchange experience with our registered members.

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