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Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh

Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh

Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh is the Founder of Better Life for All Foundation (BLAF) and a trained Microbiologist and a Public Health Practitioner with over six years experience.

BLAF is a youth-led non-governmental organisation (NGO) that:

  • provides sustainable intervention on drug abuse
  • meets the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents
  • and promotes maternal and child health, and antibiotic stewardship, in underserved communities. 

Cyril has worked with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) as a Laboratory Analyst. Here he conducted investigative laboratory analysis on foods, drugs, packaged water and others to ensure the public health safety of such products.

He also partnered with the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in a co-ordinated massive awareness campaign against counterfeit medicines, substandard regulated products, substance abuse and drug trafficking in Nigeria.

Cyril has received several commendations and awards from various agencies, including:

  • an Expert Certificate in Environmental Education Outcomes from Cornell University, USA
  • an Expert Certificate in Climate Change Science, Communication and Action from Cornell University, USA
  • a Proficiency Certificate in Management from the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) Chartered
  • and a Certificate in Infectious Diseases from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.

Cyril is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre (RLC) West Africa, Accra. He is also a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) Chartered and a member of the International Youth Council (IYC).

Cyril currently serves as the local co-ordinator for Africa Students for Liberty. He works with other leaders to promote a free society by advocating for freedom of speech and a free market economy.