The IASTED African Conference on
Health Informatics
AfricaHI 2010

Science and Technology Applications for Health and Sustainable Development

September 6 – 8, 2010
Gaborone, Botswana


Prof. Matthew N. Tanko
University of Botswana, Botswana

Dr. Naomi M. Seboni
University of Botswana, Botswana

Biographies of the Conference Chairs

Conference Chair Portrait

Matthew N Tanko is Professor and Head of Pathology , School of Medicine of the University of Botswana. He is registered as a Pathologist with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Ugandan Medical and Dental Practitioners Council and the Botswana Health Professions Council.
He had his postgraduate training at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in the Faculty of Pathology. He graduated as a Fellow of the Medical college of Pathologists of Nigeria.
He was lecturer and Consultant pathologist at the University of Jos/Jos University Teaching Hospital (2002-2006).
He was deployed to Uganda as a Volunteer Technical Expert by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2006.
He was Senior Lecturer and Head of Diagnostics, School of Health Sciences, Kampala International University Uganda (2006-2008).
He was Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Kampala International University Uganda (2007-2008).
Dr Tanko has attended several conferences, but locally and internationally. He has carried out over 25 medical and biomedical researches with more than 20 published works.

Conference Chair Portrait

Naomi Mmapelo Seboni is Head, School of Nursing, at the University of Botswana, Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development. Dr. Seboni obtained her Bachelors Degree in Nursing at the University of Botswana and Swaziland, Masters Degree at Teachers College, Colombia University, New York and her PhD at University of California in San Francisco (UCSF).
She taught several courses at the School of Nursing at the University of Botswana, namely Adult Health Nursing, Adolescent Health Care and Development, Theories of Nursing and Curriculum Development and Instruction.
Her areas of research and publications are adolescent sexuality and risk-taking behaviors, Adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, family and self care symptom management strategies for people living with HIV/AIDS and Home Based Care.
Dr Seboni is actively involved in professional service. She is the former President of the Nurses Association of Botswana, former member of ICN Council of National Representatives; member of STTI, where she served in ARISTA 3, Leadership Advisory Council and Service Advisory Council. She is a founder member of STTI African Chapter –Tau Lambda at large Chapter, and is its immediate past President. She also serves as a volunteer for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) at national, regional and international levels, currently she is a member of IPPF international governing council. Dr. Seboni served as a consultant and technical support for several international organization, namely UNICEF, UNFPA, PATH and WHO. At WHO she was part of the team that developed the strategic plan for nursing and Midwifery development in Africa, and also participated in WHO Regional workshops that addressed the issue of migration of nurses and the plans for scaling up nurses and midwives training in the WHO African Region.