Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign – Kenya

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Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign - Kenya

Participating Organizations:

1) University of Nairobi 2) International Brain Research Organisation Public Education and Awareness Committee (IBRO) 3) Kenya Neuroscience Society (KNS) 4) Society of Neuroscientists of Africa (SONA) 5) Ubongo Brain Awareness Campaign Secretariat 6) Participating institutions and schools

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:




Type of Events Held:

  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/ Briefing
  • School Program

Target Audiences:

  • High School students(9-12)
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:


Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

A total of 120 participants including 83 high-school students and 40 University students participated in the event hosted at the University of Nairobi (attached report) 1. Arrival and registration Time – 9.00am to 10.00am 2. Introduction Time – 10.00am to 10.30am 3. Neuroscience Career and Mental Health Talks Time – 10.30 am to 11.00 am (Dr. Phillip Mwachaka gave a talk on careers in neuroscience while Dr. Chitayi Murabula gave a talk on mental health among high school students) 4. Morning tea Time – 11.00 am – 11.15am. 5. Neuro-anatomy and neuro-physiology mini-lab demonstrations Venue – Departments of Human Anatomy and Medical Physiology Laboratories, University of Nairobi Time – 11.15am to 2.15 pm (Neurophysiology demonstrations (EEG, EMG, Vision neurophysiology, physiology of the action potential and Memory neurophysiology) were carried out in the department of Medical Physiology laboratories while the neuroanatomy and neurohistology demonstrations were carried out in the gross anatomy laboratory of the department of human anatomy) 6. Lunch Time – 2.15pm – 3.15pm 7. Brain Bee quiz Time – 3.15 pm to 4.30 pm 8. Awarding of prizes Time – 4.30pm to 5.30pm 9. Vote of thanks and photo session Time – 5.30pm- 5:45pm

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Emails
  • Mailings
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social Media - it's the place to find the youth today!


What downloadable materials from the Foundation did you use for your events?

  • Q&A: Answering Your Questions About Brain Research Fact Sheets
  • BAW Certificate of Participation

What other downloadable materials would you like the Foundation to provide?

  • New Fact Sheets
  • New Lesson Plans
  • Activities/Experiments

Which BAW graphic materials did you use in publicizing your events?

  • BAW LinkedIn Cover Photo
  • BAW Twitter Cover Photo
  • BAW Facebook Cover Photo

Feedback & Keys to Success

How do you feel BAW participation benefited your organization and the local community?

There was an interest expressed by the participating high schools to establish Ubongo clubs (Brain Awareness Clubs) in the various schools. This is in line with our endeavor for continuing mentorship of the students beyond the Brain Awareness Week.

Please share any suggestions or lessons learned that may help others plan future events:

Early planning and acknowledgment of all sponsors and volunteers

Did/do you like our Facebook page?


Was the information provided on Facebook useful?

Yes the information was helpful…..more Facebook Presence/linking/tagging to popular news channels and celebrity pages to increase outreach world wide.

Event Photos

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Contact Information

BAW Website:


Contact Name:

Nchafatso Gikenyi Obonyo

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:


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