Mr Samuel Raditloko is the Deputy Chairperson of the Anti Tabacco Network – Botswana. He started his role in November 2016.
Mr Raditloko is working for the Institute of Health Sciences-Lobatse, as the Head of Department for the Environmental Health Department, the position he held since October 2007. He started his career as an Environmental Health Technician in the then Community Health Division of the Ministry of Health in August 1996. It was during his service at Community Health Division where he started his involvement in tobacco control as his duties involved development and implementation of policy on tobacco control.
In January 1998 he joined the Institute of Health Sciences as an Assistant Lecturer in the Environmental Health program and through hardwork he rose through the ranks until he was appointed the Head of Department in 2007.
Apart from ATN Mr Raditloko is a member of other Institutional Boards and Committees such as the Institutional Academic Board, Departmental Academic Board, Institutional Curriculum Committee, member of Task Force on the development of the Botswana Environmental Health Policy.
Mr Raditloko holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Health from Tshwane University of Technology (RSA) and a Master of Public Health from Roehampton University (UK).
Keletso Gaongalelwe has 14 years of experience in the Banking Industry. She is an effective Relationship Manager with extensive experience in account management, business development and campaign management. Her service will provide prudent finance management and effective fundraising activities.
Keletso has a Masters of Science in Strategic Management and B.A Communications.
Dr. Mbongwe holds a PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Pretoria. She has served in the Botswana Health Professions Council, the National Committee on Tobacco Control and the Africa Tobacco Control Regional Initiative. She is a member of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the International Union for Health Education and Promotion. Bontle has worked for the Ministry of Health where she led several programs including tobacco control. She represented Botswana in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control negotiations from 2000-2003 where she received the WHO Director General’s prestigious Award for Leadership in Tobacco Control. Bontle is renowned for her leadership in tobacco control nationally and internationally which has attracted funding for tobacco control in Botswana. She is a lecturer of environmental health and toxicology in the University of Botswana.
Tshiamo R. Keakabetse is a Senior Consultant- Public Health Management with Institute of Development Management (IDM) Botswana campus. Prior to joining IDM, Mr Keakabetse worked as a Senior Health Officer coordinating the Maternal and Newborn Health. Tshiamo has extensive global health policy, research and evaluation experience in sexual and reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health, family planning, adolescent reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, PMTCT and gender integration.
Mr. Keakabetse has been primarily involved with health system strengthening processes of the Ministry of Health, consequently implementing the quality improvement initiative for maternal health and maternal death surveillance and response. As a component of the monitoring system, he is a sitting member of the National Maternal Mortality Audit Committee, which advises the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health on measures to prevent maternal deaths.
Tshiamo Keakabetse holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne-Australia and a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Botswana. He has represented the government of Botswana at different professional fora both regionally and internationally on issues of reproductive health. This has earned him prestigious awards including Mandela Washington Fellowship (https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/washington-fellowship/), Australia Awards (http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/ ) where he serves as an Alumni Ambassador and a candidate for Afya Bora Fellowship (http://www.australiaawardsafrica.org/ ). He frequently serves as a technical advisor to the Ministry of Health and international organizations like UN (UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO), Venture Strategies Innovations and University Research Corporation.
ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS, GOVERNMENT OF BOTSWANA
Principal Legal Drafter at the office of the Attorney General’s Chambers. Joined the AG Chambers in 2005 after completing LLB at the University of Botswana. Trained as a legislative drafter in Ghana Law School, 2007, then later obtained an Advanced Diploma in Legislative Drafting from International Law Institute in Washington DC, 2015. Hold an LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown Law Center, Georgetown University. Experience includes
Giving legal advice to parliament
Drafting legislation and other statutory instruments on behalf of relevant Ministries and Departments for presentation to Parliament.
Providing authoritative legal opinions on matters of statutory interpretation at request of government Ministries.
Conducting advocacy in collaboration with client Ministries to support legislative adoption.
Editing the annual statute book to ensure it accurately reflected the current law.
Analysing existing laws for purposes of regular revision, including cleaning the statute book for clerical errors. Drafting amendments to existing legislation in light of judicial decisions and new legislation.
Yvonne Kgwarae works for the Botswana Network of AIDS Service Organizations (BONASO) as a Communications and Advocacy Officer. She has over 8 years’ experience in the field of communications and is a firm believer of using communications for development.
She holds professional experience in the following:
Social Behavior Change Communications (SBCC): design and implementation of health communication strategies and activities (mass media, social media, interpersonal communication, advocacy and community mobilization)
Organizational Capacity Building
In addition to her professional experience Yvonne has worked with diverse community members and she is passionate about uplifting them through various communication interventions.
Before devoting her time to BONASO, Yvonne served at the following organizations; Population Services International (PSI), Human Resources Development Council (HRDC), Seeff and the North West University. Her roles included developing and executing communications and marketing strategies and plans.
Yvonne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with a major in Psychology from the North West University, Mafikeng South Africa.
Paul currently works as a Health education officer at the University of Botswana- Health& Wellness Centre. He has extensive experience in the field of social and behavioural health interventions, health promotion& education and other areas of public health. He has been involved in peer education projects in partnership with University of Pretoria, US-based NGO AED, Te-aids Project- HRDC and the Shuga Project by Botswana National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA).
Mr. Motshome has co-authored the health and wellness module of the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture’s YES programme. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree (UB), Master of Public Health (University of Limpopo) and PDM- HIV/AIDS Management (Stellenbosch University).
Mr Paul Motshome is the current Chair of Committee on Education, Communication Training and Public Awareness and has been a member of Anti Tobacco Network (ATN).
Dr Tiny Masupe is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health in the faculty of Medicine, at the University of Botswana (UB). She holds a Bachelor’s of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Cardiff and a MPH from University of South Africa and an MSc in Occupational Medicine from the University of Manchester. She has worked extensively as a clinician in internal medicine and family medicine before focussing in public health. She currently teaches public health principles and clinical audit to both undergraduate Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) students; occupational health and epidemiology of non-communicable diseases to postgraduate residents specializing in Public Health Medicine. Her research interests are in non-communicable diseases (alcohol, tobacco, diabetes and hypertension), occupational health and quality improvement within health systems through clinical audits and bioethics. She is a fellow in Afya Bora Global health leadership (2014) and International society for Quality in healthcare (2016). Currently she is a member of Anti-tobacco network and chairs the committee on tobacco cessation and dependence
Kegomoditswe Manyanda is a Lecturer at Boitekanelo College under the Counselling Department. Ms Manyanda is a registered Clinical Psychologist with Botswana Health Professions Council. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago USA. She is certified addiction professional holding International Certified Addiction Professional II (ICAP II). She has extensive experience working in the field of mental health both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ms Manyanda is active in raising awareness about alcohol and substance abuse in general including tobacco through educational sessions and media. She has spearheaded a number of prevention of alcohol and substance abuse campaigns working with different stakeholders. She has also been involved in advocacy on another of areas including professionalizing the field of addiction in Botswana, policy on alcohol and substance abuse awareness, provision of evidence based treatment amongst others. Her previous work includes providing technical assistance to a number of organizations and most recent managing an outpatient program, Botswana Substance Abuse Support Network, where she worked for five years. In addition Ms Manyanda sits on various committees.
Boitumelo Thipe is a health practitioner with dedicated passion to public health, community health and health services management. She is a well rounded professional with the following qualifications: Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science (UNISA), Diploma in General Nursing, Midwifery and Diploma in Community Health Nursing.
She has amassed a wealth of experience having worked in all levels of Botswana health care system including several clinics within DHMTs, hospital setting whereby she gained more experience as a nurse because of the work load and complicated cases managed at that level of care. Community health nursing has assisted her to understand the community and be able to develop health strategies relevant to their local needs. Lastly working as a Programme Manager for the Maternal and Newborn Health national program assisted her to improve her skills in monitoring and evaluation of provision of care, and the need to provide quality health care.
She also participated in development of several protocols and guidelines which are used as guiding tools for standardized health care in provision of Public Health services specifically the Sexual and Reproductive Services in Botswana. As programme manager she is responsible for in-services training, supervision and mentoring of service providers across the country. Furthermore, she has worked with different NGOs hence building strategic relationships are inherent in her daily duties. As part of her duties, Boitumelo has represented Botswana in several missions at local, regional and international levels.
Current: Lecturer of Epidemiology and Health Informatics, Department of Environmental Health
Academic Qualifications: Currently studying for PhD (Health Sciences), University of South Africa; Master of Public Health, Africa University, Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Health Promotion and Education, University of Zimbabwe.
Research Interests: Bio-statistical methods for epidemiological studies, health informatics, behavioral sciences and Health promotion. Interested in programming, designing, implementation, and evaluation of medical information systems.
My primary goal is to assist in the development, dissemination and interpretation of scientific information that can help in the education and significant reduction of tobacco use in Botswana. The ultimate goal is to protect the health of the public by promoting research that look into smoking cessation and tobacco rehabilitation, subsequently achieving a tobacco free country