Laz Eze, MBBS, MPH, FAPH
Physician, Sustainable Development Consultant
To reduce the scale and impact of dementia we must implement policies that support research, training, and the availability of affordable and quality care in every part of the world.
Laz is a physician and public health management specialist. He founded TalkHealth9ja, using media to raise health literacy in Nigeria. He also leads health systems strengthening advocacy through the Make Our Hospital Work Campaign.
My late mother, Grace Eze
Words of Strength
Initiating and growing innovative solutions
To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we must create massive awareness in communities; we must develop and implement policies that support research, training and the availability of affordable and quality care in every part of the world.
Through the Sub-Sahara Africa Brain Health Initiative (SSABHI), which he co-founded, Laz is championing public education on brain health issues with the aim of supporting patient navigation, promoting quality care and eliminating stigma.
As an Atlantic Fellow, Laz hopes to acquire more knowledge and research skills, expand his contact network, and implement and inspire community projects on dementia care in Africa towards achieving brain health equity.
Brain health awareness is very low in Nigeria while political will has been generally lacking. Laz aims to help in bridging the knowledge gap and influence more government investments in research and care towards achieving brain health equity.
Laz received his medical school training at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he graduated with Medical Students' Prize in 2008. He undertook his postgraduate studies at the University of Kentucky, United States where he obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Policy and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Global Health with distinctions and a numerous prizes.
Thereafter, he joined the Global Fund Malaria project in Nigeria. Since then, Laz has played key roles in multiple health development projects in West Africa, providing expertise in health systems strengthening, health policy advocacy, health financing, cancer control, health communications as well as project monitoring and evaluation. His job experiences cut across malaria and HIV prevention, immunization, family planning, sexual reproductive health and rights, and maternal and child health programmes in public and private health, research and development organizations.