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/Dr Prestige Tatenda Makanga
Dr Prestige Tatenda Makanga

Position: Chairperson and Senior Lecturer

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  • Phd in Geographical Information Science (2016 – Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • MSc Eng in Geomatics (2010 – University of Cape Town, South Africa)
  • BSc Hon in Surveying and Geomatics (2006 – Midlands State University,Zimbabwe)


  • Geographies of Health
  • Global Health
  • Spatial Epidemiology
  • Translational Science in Health


Makanga P. T (2021) Practicing health geography: The African context. Published as part of Springer’s series on ‘Global perspectives on health geography’ (


  1. Amosse, F., Boene, H., Kinshella, M.-L. W., Drebit, S., Sharma, S., Makanga, P. T., Valá, A., Magee, L. A., von Dadelszen, P., Vidler, M., Sevene, E., Munguambe, K., & the Community Level Interventions for Pre-eclampsia (CLIP) Working Group. (2021). Implementation of a Community Transport Strategy to Reduce Delays in Seeking Obstetric Care in Rural Mozambique. Global Health: Science and Practice, 9(Supplement 1), S122.
  2. Nyapwere, N., Dube, Y. P., & Makanga, P. T. (2021). Guidelines for developing geographically sensitive mobile health applications. Health and Technology, 11(2), 379–387.
  3. Nyati-Jokomo, Z., Dabengwa, I. M., Makacha, L., Nyapwere, N., Dube, Y. P., Chikoko, L., … Makanga, P. T. (2020). RoadMApp: a feasibility study for a smart travel application to improve maternal health delivery in a low resource setting in Zimbabwe. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 20(1), 501.
  4. Daniele, M. A. S., Martinez-Alvarez, M., Etyang, A. K., Vidler, M., Salisbury, T., Makanga, P. T., Musitia, P., Flint-O’Kane, M., Brown, T. W., Diallo, B. A., Boene, H., Stones, W., von Dadelszen, P., Magee, L. A., Sandall, J., D’Alessandro, U., Roca, A., Jah, H., Oguchukwu, O., … the PRECISE Network. (2020). The contribution of qualitative research within the PRECISE study in sub-Saharan Africa. Reproductive Health, 17(1), 58.
  5. Dube, Y. P., Nyapwere, N., Magee, L. A., Vidler, M., Moore, S. E., Barratt, B., Craik, R., Dadelszen, P. V., Makanga, P. T., & The PRECISE Network. (2020). Interactions between the Physical and Social Environments with Adverse Pregnancy Events Related to Placental Disorders—A Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(15).
  6. Flint-O’Kane, M., von Dadelszen, P., Makanga, P. T., Sevene, E., Roca, A., Dukes, P., Hinrichs-Krapels, S., Craik, R., Magee, L. A., Temmerman, M., D’Alessandro, U., Roca, A., Jah, H., Oguchukwu, O., Prentice, A., Martinez-Alvarez, M., Diallo, B., Sesey, A., Lette, K., … The PRECISE Network. (2020). Harnessing the PRECISE network as a platform to strengthen global capacity for maternal and child health research in sub-Saharan Africa. Reproductive Health, 17(1), 52.
  7. Makacha, L., Makanga, P. T., Dube, Y. P., Bone, J., Munguambe, K., Katageri, G., Sharma, S., Vidler, M., Sevene, E., Ramadurg, U., Charantimath, U., Revankar, A., & von Dadelszen, P. (2020). Is the closest health facility the one used in pregnancy care-seeking? A cross-sectional comparative analysis of self-reported and modelled geographical access to maternal care in Mozambique, India and Pakistan. International Journal of Health Geographics, 19(1), 1.
  8. von Dadelszen, P., Flint-O’Kane, M., Poston, L., Craik, R., Russell, D., Tribe, R. M., d’Alessandro, U., Roca, A., Jah, H., Temmerman, M., Koech Etyang, A., Sevene, E., Chin, P., Lawn, J. E., Blencowe, H., Sandall, J., Salisbury, T. T., Barratt, B., Shennan, A. H. Makanga, P. T., … PRECISE Network. (2020). The PRECISE (PREgnancy Care Integrating translational Science, Everywhere) Network’s first protocol: Deep phenotyping in three sub-Saharan African countries. Reproductive Health, 17(Suppl 1), 51–51. PubMed.
  9. Dube, Y.P., Ruktanonchai, C.W., Sacoor, C., Tatem, A.J., Munguambe, K., Boene, H., Vilanculo, F.C., Sevene, E., Matthews, Z., von Dadelszen, P., Makanga, P.T., 2019. How accurate are modelled birth and pregnancy estimates? Comparison of four models using high resolution maternal health census data in southern Mozambique. BMJ Glob. Health 4, e000894.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Firoz, T., Makanga, P. T., Nathan, H. L., Payne, B., & Magee, L. A. (2017). Reverse innovation in maternal health. Obstetric Medicine, 1753495X17700515.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Makanga, P. & Smit, J. (2010). A review of the status of spatial data infrastructure implementation in Africa. South African Computer Journal,45, 18 – 25.

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