Elvis Anyaehiechukwu Okolie is a Commonwealth Scholar, double distinction holder, and valedictorian from the University of Calabar and Teesside University, UK where he bagged a Bachelor of Public Health (BPH – First Class) and Master of Public Health (MPH – Distinction) respectively. He is a Public Health Practitioner with over 8 years of experience in volunteering, health and behavioural research, project management, capacity building, sexual and reproductive health, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, and social mobilization. He has led and supported advocacy, demand generation, and programme implementation efforts directed at malaria prevention, cancer prevention and treatment, sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, nutrition, and health system strengthening in several Nigerian states.
Elvis’ research interest spans non-communicable diseases especially cervical cancer, health system strengthening, community engagement and health promotion, and sexual and reproductive health. He is passionate about tackling gross inequities in women’s access to cervical cancer information and services in Sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria via a range of methods – research, advocacy, and programme implementation. Importantly, he believes that female nurses and midwives have a critical role to play in addressing missed opportunities for cervical cancer prevention and screening, especially in resource-limited settings where the disease burden is high.
He is the Programme Coordinator – TLDHI Nigeria, Project Manager at Anamme Nigeria, and a Cumberland Lodge Emerging International Leader. Furthermore, Elvis has contributed immensely to the development of policies and health improvement strategies in several Nigerian states such as Imo, Rivers, Cross-River, and Bayelsa. Beyond work, he is a football lover, music enthusiast, and loves mentoring the next cohort of African Scholars.