In 2018, Dr Elvis Eze was appointed Youth Ambassador for Malaria No More UK. Through this role, Elvis champions the fight against malaria by advocating for policy change, engaging at high level platforms and speaking to mobilise resources and support for eliminating Malaria worldwide.
Through his role as Ambassador, Elvis presented the Youth Declaration calling on Heads of Government to make clear commitments, with earmarked domestic financing and to join young people in eliminating malaria by 2030 at the 2018 Malaria Summit.
Elvis was keynote speaker at the Commonwealth Youth Roundtable organised by the government of the United Kingdom, the current Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth. The event discussed the progress made on commitments and identified opportunities for youth to contribute to outcomes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018. The event which took place at Lancaster House in London in January, 2019; was attended by young people from across the Commonwealth 2018 and graced by HRH Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and Lord Ahmed, Minister of State for the Commonwealth and United Nations in the UK Government.
Apart from his experience practising medicine, Elvis also has global health policy expertise having worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Health Officer. While there, he was inspired by Sri Lanka’s achievements, learning more about their successful work to eliminate malaria. He helped establish the Commonwealth Youth Health Network. With members from across the Commonwealth, it gives young people the platform they need to be able to discuss and engage with issues related to health. Elvis organised the side event for the network during the World Health Assembly 2017, in Geneva.
Using every opportunity possible Elvis continues to demonstrate his passion and commitment to see the end of Malaria. He raises his voice via his social media and sometimes mainstream media such as this feature in The Telegraph. As a leisure long distance runner, Elvis his run at the Amsterdam Marathon to ending malaria; completing 42.195kms and fundraised £1067.00 for Malaria No More UK.
Coming from a country with the highest burden of malaria in the world and working as a medical doctor in Lagos, Elvis knows just how dangerous the disease can be as well as how simple it can also be to administer life-saving treatment. He plans to complete his residency training as a medical doctor and use his platform to transform health systems across Africa.