Teaching resources for primary, GCSE and A Level Geography
These four teaching and learning resources for GCSE and A Level Geography were developed by Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in partnership with the Geographical Association and an advisory group of teachers.
Presented in Powerpoint presentation format these resources include a wide range of up-to-date case studies. They have been designed to meet examination specifications and examiners’ reports and do not necessarily represent MSF’s official opinion.
Guided by the 2016 A Level Geography specifications, Tectonic activity and hazards: earthquakes is a comprehensive teaching resource juxtaposing vulnerability, risk, coping capacity, impact and the disaster management cycle in two disaster hotspots: Haiti and Japan. The Haiti earthquake (2010) and the Tōhoku, Japan earthquake and tsunamis (2011) demonstrate how impact, path and duration of recovery depend on country-specific factors.
Teachers are encouraged to review and select content and activities to best match their students’ needs.
- Causes of the Haiti and Japan earthquakes
- Impacts of the Haiti and Japan earthquakes
- Responses to the Haiti and Japan earthquakes
- GIS and the Haiti earthquake
This complex interrelated and wide-ranging resource has been created for students of A-Level/IB Geography. It addresses the following topics: food security, food security index, hunger, malnutrition, famine, theory on food security, contemporary data, Madagascar case study, climate change, climate change modelling, desertification, malnutrition, Chad case study, fragile states, conflict and malnutrition and an Afghanistan case study.
The resource showcases the work carried out by Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in relation to topics above. Throughout the presentations, students are encouraged to take an active, organised, and responsible approach to their learning and preparation for public examinations.
It is anticipated that teachers will select, adapt and, most importantly, mediate and tailor the slide shows to match the requirements of their examination specification, the learning needs of their students and the context and culture of their school or college.
This detailed resource for students of A-Level Geography draws on a video, 'Killer diseases: Malaria' created by Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
The resource examines the global prevalence and distribution of malaria. It provides examples of management, prevention and mitigation strategies adopted by MSF in tackling malaria in Burundi and Ethiopia.
There are a range of activities with answers and examples of A-Level/IB examination questions in the presentation for students to work through.
This detailed resource for students of A-Level Geography examines the global prevalence and distribution of cholera and treatment and prevention strategies put in place by MSF.
It provides case study examples of Haiti, Nigeria and Lebanon, examining cholera outbreaks there. There are a range of activities with answers and examples of A-Level/IB examination questions in the presentation for students to work through.
This resource, designed for A-Level and IB Geography students, examines the topics of gender equality and maternal health.
It uses the Gender Inequality Index (GII) to look at patterns of gender equality around the world. A focus on Afghanistan and the Central African Republic (CAR) reveals some of the barriers women face in accessing healthcare.
The work of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Afghanistan and CAR showcases our attempts to improve the quality and access to maternal health services.
This engaging resource for Geography GCSE starts with a contamination station game about the spread of Vibrio Cholerae. Videos, maps and activities explore cholera, its prevention and treatment, and what it takes to communicate health messages. The resource is illustrated with references and photos of the Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) humanitarian response to cholera in Haiti, the Philippines Uganda and Nigeria.
This thought-provoking resource allows students to become aware of the daily challenges faced by the millions of displaced people around the world. Students will have an awareness of the global reach of the refugee situation and be able to identify several countries with a significant refugee exodus and/or influx.
They will also develop an appreciation for some of the challenges people face when they are forced to flee and the challenges humanitarian organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders (MSF) face when providing health care in a refugee camp. This resource is based on an exhibition ‘Forced from Home’ developed by MSF USA.
This dynamic resource has been created for students of GCSE and IBDP Geography. It explores the causes of the catastrophic floods that hit Pakistan in the summer of 2022, making the link between climate change and the increased frequency of extreme weather events. The resource explores the social, economic and environmental impacts of the flood.
The resource then looks at the work of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and their response to the subsequent health emergency. In addition, there are a range of exam questions and answers for pupils and teachers to use.
This is an enquiry-based lesson focusing on the current Venezuelan migrant crisis in South America. It relies on the fact that students already understand push/pull factors, but could serve as a positive reinforcer for this area of the specification. The resource introduces the Venezuelan economic crisis.
This resource is suitable for KS2. It focuses on the global issue of malnutrition and introduces some key vocabulary and general information about MSF’s work in this area.
The resource has been created by Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) using our authentic materials. Teachers are encouraged to review and select content and activities to best match their students’ needs.
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