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The Copperbelt University Of Zambia Cortex Club

Organized by:
The Copperbelt University Of Zambia Cortex Club

Participating Organizations:
The Copperbelt University of zambia, school of medicine

Event(s) Summary

Number of Events Organized During Brain Awareness Week:

Five events

Year:

2021

Type of Events Held:

  • Brain Fair
  • Conference/Forum
  • Exhibit
  • Lab Tour
  • Lecture/Briefing
  • Online/Virtual
  • Other
  • School Program
  • Social Media Campaign
  • Workshop
  • Other: We organised a Picknick on the final day

Target Audiences:

  • High school students (9-12)
  • Patients & Caregivers
  • Professionals
  • University students

Approximate Number of People Reached:

400 exuding those reached via medias such as facebook live Twitter ect

Details of Major Brain Awareness Week Events/Activities:

This year’s BAW was especially exciting for us as it was the first ever BAW program that the Copperbelt University (CBU) Cortex Club was participating in. The 5-day long event comprised of numerous activities, each day’s activities taking place at a different venue. Despite not having a specific theme for our BAW, we primarily focused our activities on Mental Health and, Brain Function in Health and Disease. The event was advertised using various modalities with the most prominent being via posters and messages shared through Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Our target population mainly consisted of pupils (grades 11-12), healthcare providers (formal and informal), students, counselors and lecturers. With one of our aims also being to arouse student interest in neuroscience, we invited 8 speakers, local and international to present on various interesting neuroscience topics. Furthermore, information concerning a contest that we ran under the topic, ‘Depicting the Neuron in Health and Disease”, was shared on various media. The BAW activities were made possible by the financial support that we received from Ipahive Micro Lending Limited and the Mental Liberty Foundation. This support was also complemented by financial support from the club’s coiffures and personal contributions by the patron. And our programs were as follows 1. Monday: we conducted talks on depression and mental health at a high school 2. Tuesday: we conducted a tour at a psychiatric department at Ndola teaching Hospital 3. Wednesday :we conducted a tour at the national vocational rehabilitation center Thursday : we conducted various activities on campus as students like a brain fair, debate on mental health etc. Friday : we organised a picnic

Event Planning & Publicity

Publicity Methods Used:

  • Advertisements
  • Emails
  • Posters/Flyers
  • Social Media

Which of These Publicity Methods Was The Most Successful?

Social media was the most successful because it allowed us to advertise the event to people all over the country even before the event was started....furthermore one of our major targeted population was students and pupils who are mostly on social medias like Facebook and Twitter..on Thursday we had presenations and various other activities where people who weren't able to be present physically still viewed the activities on Facebook live

Resources

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

  • Brain Awareness Week Facebook Cover Image
  • Brain Awareness Week Editable Flyer

Feedback & Keys to Success

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

Awareness of mental health is poor in our community and country as a whole and our participation not only enlightened the community but also the participants to the impart of mental health. Like I said this is the first we have ever conducted and the school of medicine after seeing our efforts supported us in contributions in terms of donations to the psychiatric ward and vocational rehabilitation Centers visited ...we have opened up understanding of mental health such that students are enlighte

Did/do you like our Facebook page?

No

Event Photos

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The Cortex Club at Kansenshi secondary school

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The Cortex Club after a visitation at the pschiatric ward at Ndola teaching Hospital

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At the vocational rehabilitation center

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Winners of the neuron project after the Thursday brain fair

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Final day of the BAW at the Picknick

Contact Information

Contact Name:

Champion Lumamba

Contact Phone:

0978018570

Contact Email:

lumambachampion@yahoo.com

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