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Place Alert Labs (PALs) is a research initiative led out of the Surveying and Geomatics department at Midlands State University. PALs’ work is situated within the intersection of geographical information science (GISc) and evidence-based decision making. We utilize geographical intelligence to facilitate targeted decision making. This is achieved through development and use of location-based methods that consider both the spatial (content of space) and the platial (place or context based) geographies as part of constructing geographical influences and how these are useful to inform different decision processes. For our current and previous projects please see the Geoinformation systems page, found here.


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Research Output


Makanga P. T (Upcoming 2019) Practicing health geography: The African context. To be published as part of Springer’s forthcoming series on ‘Global perspectives on health geography’ (


Makanga PT, Sacoor C, Schuurman N On behalf of the CLIP Working Group, et al. Place-specific factors associated with adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes in Southern Mozambique: a retrospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2019;9:e024042. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024042.

Sacoor, C., Payne, B., Augusto, O., Vilanculo, F., Nhacolo, A., Vidler, M., Makanga, P. T., … the CLIP Working Group. (2018). Health and socio-demographic profile of women of reproductive age in rural communities of southern Mozambique. PLOS ONE, 13(2), e0184249.

Firoz, T., Makanga, P. T., Nathan, H. L., Payne, B., & Magee, L. A. (2017). Reverse innovation in maternal health. Obstetric Medicine, 1753495X17700515.

Makanga, P. T., Schuurman, N., Sacoor, C., Boene, H. E., Vilanculo, F., Vidler, M., … Firoz, T. (2017). Seasonal variation in geographical access to maternal health services in regions of southern Mozambique. International Journal of Health Geographics, 16(1), 1.

Molla, Y. B., Rawlins, B., Makanga, P. T., Cunningham, M., Ávila, J. E. H., Ruktanonchai, C. W., … Matthews, Z. (2017). Geographic information system for improving maternal and newborn health: recommendations for policy and programs. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17(1), 26.

Firoz, T., Vidler, M., Makanga, P. T., Boene, H., Chiaú, R., Sevene, E., … Munguambe, K. (2016). Community perspectives on the determinants of maternal health in rural southern Mozambique: a qualitative study. Reproductive Health, 13(2), 123–131.

Makanga, P. T., Schuurman, N., Sacoor, C., Boene, H., von Dadelszen, P., & Firoz, T. (2016). Guidelines for creating framework data for GIS analysis in low- and middle-income countries. The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien, 60(3), 320–332.

Makanga, P. T., Schuurman, N., von Dadelszen, P., & Firoz, T. (2016). A scoping review of geographic information systems in maternal health. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 134(1), 13–17.

Munguambe, K., Boene, H., Vidler, M., Bique, C., Sawchuck, D., Firoz, T., Makanga PT.,… Sevene, E. (2016). Barriers and facilitators to health care seeking behaviours in pregnancy in rural communities of southern Mozambique. Reproductive Health, 13(1), 83–97.

Makanga PT, Schuurman N & Randall E. (2015). Community perceptions of risk for interpersonal violence in Cape Town South Africa: A focus group study. Global Public Health, 1-15.

Brown-Luthango M, Makanga P & Smit J. (2013). Towards effective city planning—The case of Cape Town in identifying potential housing land." Urban Forum 23:15.

Govender, I., Matzopoulos, R., Makanga, P. & Corrigal, J. (2012). Piloting a trauma surveillance tool for primary healthcare emergency centers. South African Medical Journal, 102, 4.

Makanga, P. & Smit, J. (2010). A review of the status of spatial data infrastructure implementation in Africa. South African Computer Journal, 45, 18 - 25.