Research at Midlands State University is prioritised as outlined in the University’s strategic plan. The research focus embraces national aspirations with the aim of having an impact through innovations and technologies on socio-economic development of Zimbabwe and the African region. The University emphasises on high quality research that is of international standards and prefers global solutions to problems bedevilling mankind. In the coming years this huge critical mass of senior academics will engage in research that would increase the university’ s research output and put Zimbabwe on the global research map and contribute to high ranking of the university in the region and the world.
Dr. Prestige Tatenda Makanga is an applied geo-information scientist with a primary interest in global health. He leads the Place Alert Labs (PALs) initiative at Midlands State University and co-ordinates the health geography work of PRECISE. At MSU Tatenda also teaches geographical information systems (GIS) and spatial epidemiology. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography (GISc) from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and co-leads the Mapping Outcomes for Mothers (MOM) project, which utilizes geographic methods to elucidate risk and resilience factors associated with maternal outcomes. MOM has developed new techniques for modelling the seasonal variation in geographical access to maternal care, and evidence for some of the place specific factors that elevate risk for adverse maternal events. Tatenda is a former chairman for the Spatial Data Infrastructure initiative that was led by the Survey Institute of Zimbabwe. He is also an active member of the USAID’s steering committee on mapping and reporting maternal deaths, where he is contributing to new policy directions concerning the use of geographical information systems in mapping maternal health trends to better target interventions.
Yolisa is a research assistant to Prestige Tatenda Makanga, based in Gweru, Zimbabwe. She has been a part of the Mapping Outcomes for Mothers (MOM) project for 8 months. She holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Surveying and Geomatics (Midlands State University) and is currently doing her MSc in Biostatistics and Epidemiology studies (Midlands State University).
Liberty Makacha is a Research Assistant to Dr Prestige Tatenda Makanga, based at Midlands State University in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Prior to joining the Midlands State University Gweru Campus for the PRECISE project, Liberty has been working as a Research Assistant for Dr A Mamuse based at the Midlands State University Zvishavane Campus on a Paleomagnetic Continental Reconstruction Project using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for exploratory discovery of un-mapped Mineral Deposits – Investigating the correlation of mineral-deposit distribution with geography. He holds a BSc (Honours) degree in Surveying and Geomatics (Midlands State University) as well as an Intermediate Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt -Intermediate) from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Liberty is currently doing his MSc in Biostatistics and Epidemiology Studies (Midlands State University) with a keen interest in Remote Sensing and G.I.S in Spatial Epidemiological Studies.