About the Award
New perspectives, ideas and idealism often come from some of our youngest leaders. This category shines a spotlight on individuals under 30 who use social media to actively encourage sharing and dialogue on malaria, helping us all to see the challenges and opportunities around us in fresh ways.
About Lazarus Eze
Dr. Eze is a public health physician, policy advocate, and consultant on youth development issues. He is known for his passionate advocacy for health promotion in many areas, including reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, youth health, and community outreach. He currently works as the Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, and leads efforts to strengthen health data management systems in 5 Nigerian States in support of the Global Fund’s malaria program.
In 2013, he initiated the use of the hashtag #BeatMalaria to create awareness and share resources on malaria prevention and management. His prolific malaria advocacy straddles all media types, including social media, print, television, and radio. Through this social media campaign, he has reached thousands of people with messages about the health and socioeconomic impact of malaria and strategies for combatting the disease.
Dr. Eze doesn’t differentiate between his personal life and public work when it comes to malaria advocacy. At his wedding, Dr. Eze and his wife passed out insecticide-treated mosquito nets to their guests, and proceeded to demonstrate their proper use.
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Check out Laz's interview with Tim France below, as well as the amazing custom illustration (click image for larger version):
About the Young Leaders partner: Malaria No More
Malaria No More (MNM) is a non-profit organization working to end malaria deaths by engaging leaders, rallying the public, and delivering life-saving tools and education to families across Africa.
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