Place Alert Labs (PALs) https://ww5.msu.ac.zw/pals/home – a research initiative headed by Dr P.T. Makanga from the Surveying and Geomatics department, is representing Midlands State University at the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Canada. Women Deliver, which is running from 3 to 6 June, is the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, and has this year attracted an attendance of over 10000 delegates working on women rights and health issues from 165 countries. The PALs representatives, including Dr Makanga and Mr L Makacha (Junior Researcher), are exhibiting research output from their projects, which focus on the use of geography and the geo-information sciences as part of generating evidence that will help accelerate the improvement of maternal health outcomes.

PALs work is part of a global consortium of researchers employing a multidisciplinary approach to using decision science for improving maternal health under the PRE-EMPT https://pre-empt.bcchr.ca/ (PREgnancy Evidence Monitoring Partnerships and Treatment) banner with generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, PALs is the coordinating centre for the health Geography component of the PRECISE (PREgnancy Care Integrating translational Science Everywhere) network, a new and broadly-based group of research scientists and health advocates mainly based in the UK and Africa, but also includes the World Health Organization. PRECISE is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund in the UK.

The Women Deliver conference delegation includes 3 200 organizations, 1 400 young advocates, 300 journalists, 100 000 virtual participants, more than 1 000 private sector representatives from multiple industries, UN Agencies and government representatives including presidents, ministers and parliamentarians from over 50 countries. The delegates are meeting in Vancouver with the drive to accelerate empowerment for girls and women everywhere. The conference presents new knowledge, promotes world-class solutions, and engages a broad spectrum of voices from health, nutrition, education, economics and emphasize political empowerment to human rights, good governance, and girls’ and women’s agency and equality.

PALs is honoured to be part of this important global event.

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