Lazarus Eze is a public health physician, health policy advocate and youth development consultant. He studied Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and graduated with the Medical Student Prize. He had his graduate studies in public health and global health at the University of Kentucky where he graduated with distinctions and received awards for exceeding expectation of his degree program. He has more than 7 years’ cumulative experience in health advocacy; with clinical and programmatic experiences in prevention and management of communicable and non-communicable diseases. He presently works with the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), a prominent non-profit organization in Nigeria where he, among other things, leads the Global Fund support to the Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation Systems in 5 Nigerian states. In October 2013, he initiated the use of the hashtag #BeatMalaria to create awareness and share resources on Malaria prevention and management. He has also granted multiple interviews on social media, newspapers and radio where he advocated demonstration of stronger political commitment by government at all levels to eliminate malaria in Africa. In recognition of his selfless efforts in this regard, he was made a made a Brand Ambassador of Social Good Nigeria in October 2014. Laz, as fondly called by friends, has demonstrated strong passion for health. While he was a medical student, he founded a student club known as HIV/AIDS Prevention Promotion Youth (HAPPY) Club. Under his leadership, membership of the club grew from seven to seventy four within two years; several activities aimed at educating the students on HIV/AIDS, Sexual and Reproductive Health issues were carried out. The club has grown to become HAPPYNigeria – a youth-led NGO that inspires young Nigerians to advocate, initiate and implement health development activities in their communities. He also led 5 other student organizations including the Federation of African Medical Students Associations (FAMSA). Furthermore, he has delivered speeches at multiple conferences within and outside Nigeria, trained hundreds of young people as peer educators on HIV/AIDS, adolescent health and malaria, built capacity of community health workers on improved service delivery and led popular health advocacy campaigns using social media. He was recently acknowledged by the United Nations (UN) for his contributions to the making of the World Youth Reports on Migration 2013. His global health activities have attracted multiple awards to him including the recognition as Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) Ambassador by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Laz is an alumnus of Young People We Care (YPWC) and Clinton Global Initiative University (2013). He is a co-host of #TalkHealth9ja – a weekly radio show that potentially reaches more than 2 million people with public health information. He leads a team of 54 youth advocating on WSRHR issues in Nigeria using hashtag #Choice4Life on social media.
I should illustrate a story to demonstrate Lazarus Eze commitment to eradication of malaria. During his wedding, Dr Eze and his wife distributed treated mosquito nets to each of the guests. They not only did this but also publicly demonstrated how to use the nets. Doing this in a malaria prone area was definitely a life saving deed.
"Don Laz" is a formidable force in the world of medicine to be reckoned with. His dedication and commitment to health promotion and disease prevention has been accentuated by his use of social media. Don Laz has shown a high level of patriotism and selflessness, returning to his home country "Nigeria" after his studies in Europe. His passion to prevent malaria is deep seated and highly commendable. With a touch of creativity and humor; Don Laz and his beautiful wife distributed Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs) to their wedding guests. Furthermore, he demonstrated the use of ITNs to his awed guests. As a young leader, Don Laz has inspired men and women across the globe and positively impacted the health of nations. Kudos to a great man of our time........Don Laz!
Laz is a passionate Public health physician who is totally sold out to the malaria eradication project. He consistently uses his social media platforms to advocate for effective health care delivery and particularly malaria prevention and control. His #BeatMalaria campaign is noteworthy and highly commendable.
Dr. Laz has demonstrated strong capacity in the execution of programmes against malaria. He is the strongest advocate for malaria prevention and awareness, I know. On social media and indeed every possible medium, he consistently shares educative resources about malaria, creating awareness and reaching out to people. By and large he has touched lives in the hundreds and definitely in the thousands and millions in extension, through these practices. If anyone deserves to be acknowledged by an award, he sure does deserve it.
Laz's passion for improving the quality of healthcare delivery in Nigeria is unrivaled. A leader for the present and the future he surely is deserving of the award as he blazes a brilliant trail in the Nigerian healthcare system. I highly recommend
Laz has a tireless can-do spirit which he has thrown into his work on the Nigerian Global Fund supported malaria elimination grant. He makes innovative use of his social networks to do so, asides including malaria elimination in his personal life (he gave out malaria IEC materials as mementos when he got married)! He is clearly a leader and so deserves this award! Go..go...Laz!!!
Laz has brought a lot of passion to the work he does with the Global Fund (Malaria) in the elimination of malaria. To this end he has put to use both traditional and new media mainly through his radio talk show, Facebook and Twitter with a campaign driven by the hashtag #BeatMalaria. I recommend him for this award
For malaria to have been fought to a great level in Africa and Nigeria, Dr Laz has sacrificed comfort and resources over the years to see malaria beaten ,the award is a pat on his back.
Dr. Laz is simply in love with beating maleria. On some Occasions, I had toured with him to Bayelsa in his Maleria campaign programme. I refused to join a local ferry boat he was to board to go to reach out in the rural creeks. That day, it rained, Dr Laz was in the boat. Oh, he Is passionate about maleria with his blood. I strongly endorse Him
Dr. Eze has been an effective and dedicated advocate for malaria eradication with his remarkable work in strengthening Malaria Monitoring and Evaluation systems in Nigeria and his popular #beatmalaria social media advocacy efforts. His social media campaigns have ensured that the threat of the age-old menace remains fresh in our minds and calls young people to act to eliminate the disease from the African continent. He certainly deserves this award!