Brain Awareness Week 2015 (March 16 to March 22) has come and gone, but let’s look back at some of the inspiring events that took place during that week! Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign; our international calendar includes hundreds of events from six continents. We will be highlighting one continent per post, beginning with Africa and finishing our journey in Europe.
Nigeria continues to be the hub of Brain Awareness Week in Africa. At Bayero University in Kano, students provided information to the public on the side effects of drug abuse—especially the use of amphetamines, a growing issue in Kano. Meanwhile, the University of Ilorin broadcasted a program on the role of the brain in learning and leadership, and reached more than one million radio listeners!
Engaging Brain Awareness Week events in Africa were not isolated to Nigeria. At St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College in Ethiopia, activities focused on changing community perception of psychiatric and neurodegenerative illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, suicide, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. Members of the local community often consider these illnesses to be the result of a curse or punishment for sins.