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Making a huge difference in Africa – Merck CSO Rasha Kelej tells us about “Creating ‘Merck more than a Mother”


Rasha Kelej - left
Rasha Kelej is the convener of the Merck more than a Mother campaign. She is the Chief Social Officer (CSO) and Vice-President of Merck Healthcare. She wishes to raise awareness about discrimination, stigma and ostracism women undergo for their inability to have a child and also to encourage men to acknowledge and discuss openly their fertility problems and strive for an approach to family building with their partners in order to progress towards shared fertility responsibility among couples.

Q: “Merck More than a Mother” campaign is a great initiative to empower an unprivileged category of women in Africa, women who suffer infertility. How did you get this idea, as we know this is the first time a campaign has ever addressed this issue in such a unique way?

Rasha: You are right, the Merck more than a Mother campaign is historic. At first, I visited several African villages and rural areas for other programs, which I created for Africa, called Merck Capacity Advancement program where we raise awareness about diabetes, hypertension and cancer. I spoke to many women as I went round during those awareness campaigns.  One of the women I met shared with me her devastating story of suffering stigma, abuse and isolation due to her infertility. This was the day I decided to create a campaign to change this negative mindset and you can say that “Merck more than a Mother” was born at that moment. I spent a month preparing, planning and creating materials, to the point where I couldn’t sleep properly until Belen Garijo- CEO of Merck Healthcare approved it. She too, was was full of passion and wanted to make the campaign happen; and then we start executing.

Q: Why do you think it is important to empower these women who faced infertility?

Rasha: Infertile women in Africa have been neglected, mistreated and discriminated because they cannot bear children. This is not right and has to change.

The campaign will empower infertile women in Africa through improving access to information, awareness, health and a change of mindset.

This campaign is very important since in Africa, one couple in every four are infertile - a high percentage compared to the developed countries. Although, 85% of those infertility cases are preventable since it is a result of untreated infectious diseases, such as STDs, child marriage, female genital mutation (FGM), unsafe abortion or delivery. And women are overwhelmingly blamed for infertility and discriminated, abused and mistreated by their husbands, families and community all because of infertility.

Even though 50% of infertility is due to the male factor, men do not want to admit or share this responsibility.

“Merck more than a Mother” campaign works closely with policy makers, parliament members, governments, academia, healthcare providers and media in order to define interventions to reduce the social suffering of those women and improve access to regulated fertility care via supporting Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) policies across the continent. The campaign works to raise awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. Moreover it will also work with all relevant stakeholders to make a change in negative mindset and the culture of stigmatizing of infertile women and infertility at large.

Q: In your opinion, why do you believe that “Merck more than a Mother” is a unique campaign and what makes it successful? Already we can see the social media channels have thousands of people from all walks of life following you, plus they are all sharing their experience and insights, and trying to make a difference. 

Rasha: As I mentioned before, this campaign is very close to my heart as an African woman and as a pharmacist, and it is very important for Merck, as the world leader in fertility management. Most importantly, it is very critical for Africa. This is the first time someone has opened up to talk and discuss this issue that affects childless women and how they have been and still are abused, mistreated and discriminated by their husbands, families and communities. Knowing these facts is sad, and I knew we must do something about it; it is not a matter of choice anymore, it is our duty and responsibility.

This campaign was successful and has already made and will continue to make a difference because it covers most, if not all, of the relevant angle’s of the infertility in the continent, such as; creating a culture shift to respect and appreciate the infertile women in Africa, raising awareness about infertility prevention and management and male infertility by integrating it into healthcare infrastructure such as HIV, maternal health and mother and child programs.

The campaign also runs education and training for African embryologists since lack of trained and skilled staff is a big challenge, and we have started our first training for African embryologists to improve access to effective and safe fertility care in the continent. We are also defining ART policies to improve access to regulated fertility care.

The campaign seek to build advocacy and open dialogue with governments, policy makers, parliaments, healthcare providers and media to define interventions to reduce the social suffering and improve access to regulated, effective and safe fertility care in Africa.

Furthermore, the campaign also empowers infertile women through creating awareness, access to healthcare and a change of mindset by re-building the lives of women who cannot be pregnant anymore through starting a small business for them to be independent and live happy lives through the “Empowering Berna“ Initiative.

Q: Where did you start the Merck more than a Mother campaign and how was it received by all relevant stakeholders?

Rasha: We started the campaign, in Kenya, and then Uganda. Plus, we have kicked off Pan-African panels in New York to mark CSW60, and the panel discussions have continued in Egypt and in Finland at the European Society of Human reproduction and embryology. As you can see from the photos on the Merck more than a Mother social media pages, Ministers of Health and Gender, Senators, Members of Parliament, Academia, African associations, Healthcare providers, all welcomed the campaign and have shown their commitment to it by starting to implement the two important projects we have created: “Merck Africa Embryology Training” and “Empowering Berna”
We have been invited to present the campaign at the International Federation of Fertility Societies- IFFS in Delhi, India on 23rd of September and we shall kick off the Merck more than a mother campaign in Nigeria on the 27th of September in partnership with Africa fertility Society, Nigerian Parliament and Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria.

Q: Can you tell us more about the “Merck Africa Embryology Training” project and the “Empowering Berna initiative?

A: Through “Merck more than a Mother” we have started two important projects:

First one was the Merck Africa embryology-training program, which is very important for improving access to regulated fertility care in the continent. I have started this program because as you may know, there are no African embryologists in many of sub- Saharan African countries; hence it was very critical to establish this platform so we can reduce the cost of IVF and also ensure that it is of good quality.

The second initiative is called “Empowering Berna,” where we are going to help infertile women who cannot have children anymore to start their own independent, happier lives.

I believe it is very important to empower infertile women through improving access to awareness, health and change of negative mindset so they can bear children as part of their human rights. In case an infertile woman can no longer be treated,” Empowering Berna” project will contribute towards empowering and training them to establish their own small business so that they can be independent and re-build their own lives.


Q: Can you share with us the success stories of the Merck more than a Mother campaign?

Rasha: There have been numerous success stories and in a very short time. For me, the most important success stories are the transformation of the lives of the infertile women after meeting Merck more than a Mother, through the Empowering Berna project. Before, these women had been programed all their lives to know that they are a “Baby making machine,” and that this was their only purpose in life, when they failed to achieved it, they lost hope in life and they were just waiting to die.
Through empowering Berna project, their lives have transformed in no time, from hopeless, helpless women to stronger women, who are productive members of the society. The women are now full of pride and self-confidence: they simply became more than a mother.

When I got to know about the un-privileged women in Africa, who suffered stigma, discrimination and abuse and who cannot have children anymore, I knew that I had to be part of a solution, and a project to help them re- build their shattered lives, stand back on their own feet. If empowering them economically is the only solution to lead them to their own independent happy lives and earn back the respect and acknowledgment of their communities, we will do it.

I am determined to find infertile women in Africa and help them - This will be my purpose in life. There are also other success stories that I find very important, such as the changes that happened that will help infertile women in the future so they have better access to information, awareness, fertility care and change of mindset, such as the approval of the first ART Bill in Kenya by Kenyan parliamentarians. We supported this and I am happy that it has finally happened.

In Uganda, the ART guidelines are under Development by Minister of State of Health, Hon. Sarah Opendi who is the Merck more than a Mother Ambassador for Uganda, and the guidelines will be out soon.

There is a very interesting law that will be enforced by Minister of Land, Housing and Urban development of Uganda, Hon. Betty Amongi, that ensures that women will be able to inherit from their blood family and not from only their husbands’ families like it used to happen in Uganda. This law enforcement will empower women to choose when to marry and have children and it will help empowering infertile women since they will not end up with nothing if they cannot bear children, this is a great achievement.

During our latest panel the Senator, Chairman Committee on Health Nigeria, Dr. Lanre Tejuosho, who has been appointed as Merck More than a Mother Ambassador in Nigeria, has committed to approve a similar bill for Nigeria too before the kick off in September, this is a success story.

I am sure that more and more success stories will happen in the future.

Q: The kickoff of Merck More than a Mother in Nigeria will be on the 27th of September in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health and Parliament. How do you see the Senate of Commission of Health together with Ministry of Health taking this forward to make a change in the policies, and improving the access to fertility care in Nigeria? How do you think the campaign will empower women in Nigeria?

Rasha: Before we kickoff the campaign in Nigeria, we will work on the preparation period of building advocacy messages to raise awareness about infertility prevention, male infertility and sensitize the community to change the culture of discriminating and disrespecting infertile women.

We will also partner with the Senate Committee on Health and Federal Ministry of Health, Africa Fertility Society to execute our “Empowering Berna” Project, by locating the women who need support and reaching out to them across the country.

Above all, we will support government in defining their ART bill to regulate fertility care in the country. Moreover, we will help integrate awareness messages about infertility prevention and male infertility in our healthcare system. We shall partner with Africa Fertility Society to provide training for young Nigerian embryologists to build fertility care capacity in Nigeria.

What I like about this campaign is that it is serious, structured, has a great strategy and relevant achievable solutions. Therefore, it is not only talk but serious actions, I never imagined that in just short time we would have a fully pledged campaign in the most populated country in Africa. We are grateful for the support and the commitment of our partners in Nigeria. Without them we will never achieve these results

Q: We heard that you go all over African rural areas by yourself and you do this frequently. How can you do all this?

Rasha: Yes, I do this exactly, it is part of my life, and you have to remember I am African, but most importantly I totally believe that it is the only way to know Africa’s challenges and solutions, that way you can create and implement successful programs. You need to get in touch with Africa’s communities.

If you are not in touch with the grassroots, knowing Africa from the internet in your office is never the same and will never help you leave a significant impact like we do.

For me, African villages and rural areas are the destination of inspiration, I have to meet community members speak with them, understand them and see how they live and what they need first hand and not second hand and third hand.

I take this job seriously and I am determined to make a huge difference.


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Where do Babies Come From?


"Who's in your tummy?" She suddenly asks. This is one question I've had to answer more times than I would care to count. Knowing that my tummy would balloon and attract questions at some point, I made it clear to my 3 year old daughter that I was carrying a baby from the very beginning. This was also to prepare her for the new addition to the family. We felt that if she knew that things were about to change, it would not affect her so negatively when we finally brought home the new baby.

What I was not well prepared for were the many follow up questions that would be raised. At first she was very understanding. She is most of the time. Even when I'm holding her and she lies on my tummy, she always assures me that she's not hurting the baby. The other day though, we’re just hanging out when she turns to me and asks, "Who put that baby in your tummy?"

There's a hint of disappointment in her voice; like she cannot believe that someone would be so malicious.

Me: God did
Her: Where is he?
Me: Up there in heaven.
Her: Why did he put the baby in there?
Me: Because he wanted me to have 2 babies.
Her: (Pointing at herself and then at my tummy) Two like this one and this other one?
Me: Exactly.

She looks away. I can tell that her mind is busy. She’s trying to digest all that information. For a minute she looks satisfied. I give a sigh of relief thinking to myself, ‘I handled that really well. She now gets it. I don’t have to explain anymore.’

This little bubble I’m in is burst into oblivion a minute later when she proclaims excitedly, “I also have a baby in my tummy!”

Well, I tried. We’ll do this again tomorrow. 


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Women Prefer Young and Well-educated Sperm Donors, Study Finds

Women have always been drawn to an alpha male; a man with education and resources. Seeing that these resources are accrued with age, older men have always been preferred in the normal mating market. A recent Queensland University of Technology study conducted by Stephen Whyte revealed that this changes in an IVF setting.

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The sperm of men in their early 20s who've attained higher education is chosen faster that that of men in their 30s. 1546 women who conceived with donor sperm from Brisbane IVF clinic were studied from 2006 to 2015. The donors were aged between 18 and 40 years.

The young and educated donors carried the day. While younger sperm was selected as the parents believed it would be fitter and healthier, education was especially a big winning factor among women who were graduates themselves. This is a little contradictory as older men are generally more educated than their younger counterparts. High level of education is chosen with the perception that the child will be intelligent and have the ability to provide resources.

According to the author of the study, Mr Whyte, Women are no longer theoretically bound by proximity constraints, culture, social class or race when choosing a partner to mate with.

Until we see each other again, 


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Biggest Baby Expenses and How to Save on Them

When I delivered my daughter, I was surprised to find that the cute bundle of joy spent more in a month than my husband and I combined. She even increased other utility bills like water and electricity. Though the spending 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.



Clothing


They are tiny, they are many and they are costly. Babies dress in layers. This translates to about a half dozen pieces at a go. Considering how messy they are and the fact that you need to change them at least 3 times in a day, those are a whole lot of clothes! If you decide to buy new and designer pieces, expect to spend a fortune. Here’s what you can do to save on baby clothing…


  • Hand me down: Ask your friends and relatives to give you clothes that their kids have outgrown. You’ll be surprised at how new these items are since they are only used for a few weeks or months 
  • Shop responsibly: Babies outgrow their newborn clothes really fast. If you get carried away and buy many 0-3 months outfits, your little one will never get to wear all of them. Some newborns are even big enough to skip the 0-3 category altogether.  
  • Consider the season: If your due date is in December, there’s no point buying heavy jackets and warmers. I gave birth to my baby in January and I did not even need the sweaters for the first 3 months. 
  • Go second hand: I think most Kenyan moms know that if you’re looking for quality at a discount, the best place to go looking for it is in the second hand markets. Here, you can get everything you need at a fraction of the price. Just make sure to disinfect and iron the cloths well before dressing your baby.
  • Look out for clearance sales: For delicates like bedding, bathing items and vests, you need to buy new ones. Just hunt for clearance sales when the prices are a bit lower. It helps to buy them in advance when you still have time and aren’t as desperate. If you’re in Nairobi, visit all of these baby shops in and compare the prices. Biashara Street is lined with baby shops and you’ll find everything you need there. 
  • Do not buy shoes: As cute as leather shoes are on the tiny feet, they are also expensive and serve no purpose at all. Your baby will learn how to walk faster if they train while barefoot.  To keep the tiny feet warm while going out of the house, use soft booties which are way much cheaper.

Formula


Formula is one of the biggest expense when it comes to babies. The best way to do away with this expense is to breastfeed. Breast milk is healthy, warm and free. To nurse effectively, consider the following;

  • Using washable breast pads: There’s nothing cute about leaking boobs. To keep the milk in control and save your dignity as a woman, you need to use breast pads constantly. Using washable breast pads instead of disposable ones can save you some coins.
  • Invest in a good breast pump: If you’ll be working or away from your baby for a few hours, it is necessary to express milk for them to take while you’re gone. Investing in a good breast pump not only makes the expressing experience as pleasant as can be, it also boosts milk production ensuring that your baby has enough milk.
  • Start expressing early and store your milk in cups: Some moms complain that the milk they express in the morning is not enough to last their baby the whole day. Early planning helps in such situations. If you are planning to go back to work after your maternity leave, start pumping milk in advance and freeze it in Avent milk storage containers

Food


A baby does not need any food for the first 6 months. Breast milk is enough. Once they start weaning, don’t even bother buying ready made food. You can make your own baby food in the house using nutritious foods such as fruits, pumpkins, greens and the like. 

Toys


Just like clothes, new parents get their babies many different toys only to realize that they only like one particular one from a dozen. It is necessary to consider kid’s attention span when getting them toys, they get bored really fast. You get a new toy today; they play with it a little and want nothing to do with it the following day. So what do you do?

  • Buy one at a time: Give them time to get bored before getting the next toy 
  • Rotate with a friend: If you have a friend with a baby the same age as yours, consider exchanging toys every now and then. That way, the kids will have renewed interest when they see the toys again. You can also put some of the toys away and offer them to your child after a few weeks. 
  • Use safe household items like boxes and plastics: Babies are not that high maintenance when it comes to their toys. No need for a complicated robot; all they need is something to stimulate their brains. Think color and texture. Plastic cups, boxes and other safe household items will do as toys. Just ensure that they are safe with no sharp edges or small pieces that can harm your baby. 
  • Add blocks and stuffed animals as they grow older: As they grow older, you can add building blocks and stuffed animals to help develop fine and gross motor skills.

Diapers and wipes


Infants use about 6 diapers a day. Going for as much as 30 Kenyan shillings when bought in singles, simple math will tell you that that is a lot of money! To save on diapering, take the steps below:
  • Buy in bulk: When bought in bulk, diapers cost a little less. 
  • Go for Quality: It is more affordable to spend on quality than quantity. Some diapers have a higher absorbency and cost a little more. Though they may seem a little more expensive, they’ll save you money in the long run as you will not have to change your baby as often and you will not have to deal with the diaper rashes. 
  • Use reusable washable diapers: The ultimate way to save in diapering is to use washable/reusable diapers. They are breathable, come in cute colors and designs and they are way much cheaper.
  • Use warm water and a small towel instead of wet wipes: Instead of using wet wipes to wipe your baby’s bum, you can save by using plain old water. Simply soak a small soft towel in warm water and wipe away!

Gear and furniture


Cots, strollers, highchairs, and car seats fall in this category. To save on them, consider doing the following:

  • Go for quality: Invest in a product that will serve you for years to come. You can use it on your other kids or resell when you’re done. You can buy a convertible cot, for instance, to ensure that it later converts to a toddler bed.
  • Buy second hand: Just like with cloths, you do not have to buy everything from the shop. Buy second hand from second hand stalls, friends or OLX. You just need to ensure that the items are in good condition before purchasing.

Childcare


One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a parent is childcare. It is very difficult to find good help for your child. In Kenya, it is not so expensive to hire a nanny but I have realized that when I have one, I tend to spend a lot more around the house. They waste food, water and other household items and at times you will not have the best experience with them.

I had a displeasure of hosting a nanny from hell once and recently wrote about another nanny caught on camera abusing a toddler in Ngong.

That said, you cannot escape childcare, you will need help caring for your baby whether you like it or not. This is especially the case when you are a working parent. If you have an option though, consider the points below:

  • Have a relative take care of the kid: I have had my brother take care of my girl for months now and I’ve never been happier. They are now both in school and they meet in the house in the evening. He looks after her, baths her and supervises her homework before I get home. 
  • Plan your time with your partner: If possible, you and your partner should schedule your time in such a way that there is always someone home with the baby.
  • See Also: Daycare vs. Live-in nanny 

Healthcare expenses


Babies are delicate as their immune systems are still developing. Because of this, they are always the first to catch infections. Visits to the pediatrician are not cheap. To reduce this expense, it is important to ensure that your baby is as healthy as can be at all times. This can be achieved by a number of ways.

  • Breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months: Exclusively breastfed babies rarely get sick. Their immunity is good and doing away with formula removes the risks of getting a food related infection from contaminated water or feeding bottles. 
  • Get Vaccinated: All babies should be vaccinated to protect them from illnesses such as measles, polio and the like. Rotavirus vaccine is another vaccine that is very important as it prevents deaths from diarrhoea and vomiting in children.
  • Dress the baby appropriately to avoid colds: Ensure that your baby is always warm during the cold season to avoid pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses.
  • Sanitize hands and toys: Make sure that your visitors sanitize their hands before you hand them the baby. All the toys and other items that your child comes into contact with should also be disinfected regularly. 
  • Attend all postnatal appointments: To ensure that the baby’s progress is monitored and any issue dealt with before it gets out of hand, keep all postnatal appointments and follow the advice given by your baby’s doctor.
  • Finally, when buying medication, always ask for a discount: In most cases you’ll get a 10% off. 
Do you have any other tips that can help a mom learn how to keep the baby expenses low? We'd love to add to this list. Contribute by leaving a comment below.

If you found this article helpful, share it with your friends on social media. Thank you.

Until we see each other again, 


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Coordinated Dressing: A Family That Dresses Together...


There are occasions when a family has to be adhere to coordinated dressing; family portrait day is one of those days. Difficult as it is to dress one person, things get a lot complicated when styling a whole family.
The following infographic by chertography can help a big deal.

Coordinated dressing
There  are 8 looks to choose from:
  1. Blue Grey and Tans
  2. Green and Brown
  3. Black White and Grey
  4. Black, Grey, White and Red
  5. Aqua, Tan and Beige
  6. Yellow, Purple and Beige
  7. Black, Yellow and Red
  8. Red and Brown
The important thing to remember is that less is more. Go for simple and stylish instead of over-the-top pieces and jewellery that are bound to be overwhelming.

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Until we see each other again, 


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8 Months Pregnant

I am 35 weeks pregnant today.

A lot has been happening lately. I finally managed to wash all the baby cloths. They are finally in bags and ready for the new arrival. If this is your first time and you're not sure what you need to get you'll find insight in these posts; Newborn Baby Essentials and Checklist for a Newborn Baby. My hospital bag is also almost ready; all I need to add as the time draws near are snacks and we're ready to go.


With five more weeks to go, it might seem a bit too early to start getting ready. I however have a lot of time on my hands and I feel like I'm starting to nest. My back will not let me get everything done, though. A simple task like bathing my daughter leaves me numb with back pain. It is however nothing that I cannot handle.

2 days ago, I got to visit the dentist because a tooth that chipped just a little on the side years ago decided that it is the perfect time to go all sensitive and painful on me. While in there I requested her to clean, file, fill and fix everything that looked like it needed fixing. And she did.

I however made a stupid mistake on my way home. I bought myself sugarcane and roasted maize. Needless to say, I was back at the dentist's yesterday having chipped the filling to the very tooth that took me there in the first place.

My third trimester's ultra sound scan was also on Monday. Everything is fine, the baby has already turned and the placenta is far away from the cervix which is a very good thing. It was however disappointing that we could not check the sex of the baby. Being so big and a little constrained in the womb, we were even lucky to get a perfect image of the head. My gut still tells me it's a girl and the earlier ultrasound scan kinda confirmed it. Well, not quite, but that's where my money is.We'll just have to wait and see.

I am carrying low this time round. I count myself lucky because, for this reason, I'm not out of breath and I do not have heart-burns like I did with my first pregnancy. I've also added less weight than I did then, which is weird because I feel like my appetite has never been better.

For now we continue playing the waiting game.

Until we see each other again, 


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Mix and Match Outfits for a Boy

It is a well known fact that boys' cloths are more expensive than girls'. To even things out, girls need a lot more outfits than boys do. As you will see below, you only need 13 pieces to get 15 cool and different outfits for a boy. That is enough to last for 2 good weeks. Take a look at the mix and match outfits for a Boy below...
Mix and Match Outfits for a BoyMix and Match Outfits for a BoyMix and Match Outfits for a Boy
Here are the pieces you need:
  1. 2 pairs of trousers (Pants and Denim jeans)
  2. 2 pairs of shorts
  3. 2 short sleeve T-shirts
  4. 2 Long sleeve T-shirts
  5. 2 Shirts (Plaid and button down shirts)
  6. A zip up hoodie
  7. 2 pairs of sneakers
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A Virus Found in Saliva May Cause Infertility in Women, Study Says

 A virus found in saliva has been linked to infertility in women. This is according to a study carried out by Professor Dario Di Luca, Department of Medical Sciences in collaboration with Professor Roberto Marci, Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine at the University of Ferrara (Italy) and published in PLOS ONE scientific journal.

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According to Roberta Rizzo who was the coordinator of the research, the study found evidence that the body's immune system response to the virus HHV-6A makes the uterus ;less hospitable to fertilized eggs. As much as they don't show any obvious sign of infection, women with the virus have significant alterations to the uterine secretions known as cytokines. These molecules are crucial in  preparing the intrauterine environment for a fertilized egg.

The HHV-6A virus was discovered in 1986. 2 years later it was established that the virus causes roseola in children; this is also known as the three-day fever and goes away after 3-4 days. In infection in adults does not cause any symptoms although elevated levels have been found in ;patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis. The virus can also be a big problem in people with weak immune systems.

Follow-up studies are needed to determine whether treatment therapies against the virus may help treat female infertility as well.


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15 Mix and Match Outfits for a Girl


Here is another mix and match outfits for a girl post. Today's collection comes from Everyday Savvy and involves a lot of layering. This takes care of the chilly morning allowing the kid to shed a piece when the day gets warmer.

Happy styling.
Mix and Match Outfits for a Girl

Mix and Match Outfits for a Girl

Mix and Match Outfits for a Girl
The pieces you need are:
  1. 1 dress
  2. 3 tops
  3. A pair of jeggings and pants/jeans
  4. A checkered button down shirt
  5. One pair of shorts
  6. One cardigan
  7. 3 pairs of shoes (2 ballet flats and a converse pair)
  8. A mesh tiered skirt
  9. A hoodie
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12 Key Pieces to Build a Dozen Outfits for a Girl


In this post we look at an infographic by cardigan empire showing 12 key items in every girl's wardrobe and how to mix-and-match them to achieve a dozen outfits. This is a great way to ensure that your girl always looks sharp and stylish without having to rob a bank.

The items needed are 4 tops, a sweater/cardigan, a pair of pants, a pair of jeans, one skirt, a dress, a pair of tennis shoes, ballet flat, and a pack of tights or socks.


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Recycle Old Jeans into Cute Skirts in 4 Easy Steps

Today's post is for the DIY lovers out there. Did you know that you can recycle your kids jeans trousers into skirts in four simple steps? Here's how to recycle old jeans into a trendy skirt.
Convert these old jeans into a trendy skirt in just 4 steps

  1. Cut the jeans across. Ensure that the length is just an inch longer than you need your skirt to be
  2. Undo the stitches in the inner thighs
  3. Use the discarded material to fill in the front and back triangles as shown above
  4. Fold and hem the bottom of the skirt
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