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.
Dr Laz has been fighting for the welfare and wellness of Nigerians and Africans in general for over a decade with the founding of an NGO known as Happy Club at the University of Ibadan. He is a young man who believe in the good of all and surely deserve this award.
An astute campaigner and dogged crusader for a healthier generation and especially malaria-free generation, Dr. Laz Ude Eze is a young man who commits his whole being to any and every just cause he is involved in.
Passionate, addicted, committed and totally sold out to the beat malaria in Nigeria. He deserves the award
Dr Laz, is a leader and a good team player, passionate about Change in Nigeria and Africa at Large, and currently uses various channel for his advocacy among those channel are his popular radio programme talkhealth9ja and the Choice4life platform.
It can only be Dr. Laz as I can't equate his achievements with #beatmalaria# campaign in Nigeria and beyond to that of any other health worker. Having know him right from high school, he has been an achiever in all front and a mentor to those of us who are much more younger in the sector. He deserves the award.
Dr. Laz Eze is a great personality who's advocacy work-#BEATMALARIA brought us together. His campaign against Malaria takes him to the remotest of the remote village/rular areas, and he does it with joy. He is so passionate about his Antimalaria campaign that he careless about the terrain as long as humanbeings are living there. Even his wedding was organized with #beatmalaria campaign as the focuse. I strongly recommed and endorse him for young leader award.
Dr Laz is a raw African breed, a survivor of the Malaria Scourge. A dedicated and passion for change.
When you talk about eradicating or better still beating malaria, the first thought or name that will come to your mind is Dr. Laz Eze. Words will fail me to talk about this the way I want. I endorse him over and over again.
Dr Laz is one of the most amazing person I know, not only because of his personality but because of his work in reproductive health and helping to beat malaria is some of the most marginalised communities in Nigeria. I was inspired by his commitment to beat malaria that I had to interview him last year. You can read the interview here on Rural Reporters on his work to beat malaria here: http://ruralreporters.com/why-the-fight-to-beat-malaria-is-still-a-mirage-in-some-communities/. As if this was not enough, he used his own wedding as an avenue to educate people on malaria and you can also read about this amazing story here: http://ruralreporters.com/community-champion-nigerian-couple-use-their-wedding-reception-to-educate-people-on-malaria-prevention/. He also use his radio programme, Talk Health Naija, toto educate and empower listeners on how to live a healthy life within their environment. See more at: http://ruralreporters.com/talkhealth9ja-talking-health-the-nigerian-way/ | Rural Reporters I have not seen a young person as committed as Dr laz in the area of health. He is my health hero, someone who has earned my respect over time and who I look up to as a leader in health and community development. He is simply a leader's leader.
Dr. Laz has found something worth dying for in the fight against malaria-the killer of African Children. He passionately takes this fight from the media (both broadcast and social) to the streets via immunization campaigns to free rural medicare outreaches to several policy shaping conferences both in Africa and in Diaspora. If this award is a recognition of the contribution of those involved in the practical fight against Malara, then Dr. Eze should be so awarded. He has my humbly attestation.