Wambui is a volunteer at Alzheimer’s & Dementia Organisation Kenya (ADOK). She is leading efforts to increase understanding of brain health among health care workers and the general population in Kenya, with a focus on age-related, neurodegenerative disorders.
Words of Strength
To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to increase the understanding of dementia through awareness initiatives that address risk factors of dementia. We also need to address myths on dementia to reduce stigma.
Wambui is currently working to tailor awareness initiatives to fit the Kenyan context. She's doing so by creating relevant resources about brain health using a language that is simple and addresses myths about age related neuro-degenerative disorders.
As an Atlantic fellow for equity in brain health, Mary has developed a greater understanding of the needs of people with dementia and their caregivers and the available resources to support them better. She also understands the roles that different disciplines can play in advancing the quality of care of people with dementia.
The priority is increasing awareness of dementia in Kenya and providing skills to family caregivers of persons with dementia to better support people with dementia.
Wambui Karanja is holds a B.A in Psychology from Kenyatta University in Kenya. She is an Alumni of Young African Leaders initiative Regional Leadership Center East Africa and former graduate attache at the British Institute in Eastern Africa.