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Teaching resources for GCSE and A Level Geography

These four teaching and learning resources for GCSE and A Level Geography were developed by Medecins Sans Frontieres/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.  

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This engaging GCSE resource explores cholera in the context of natural hazards and urban growth (sanitation, health services and slums) and starts with a contamination station game.

Cholera >


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. 

While Japan was underprepared for the earthquakes and tsunamis, Haiti was entirely unprepared. Though unleashed by natural seismic events, the tragic death toll in Haiti and the Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear disaster in Japan could both be considered man-made. 

Throughout 'Tectonic activity and hazards', the relationship between disaster and level of development is explored, drawing on the disaster response of MSF.

Teachers are encouraged to review and select content and activities to best match their students’ needs.

earthquakes > 

Food security

Feast and Famine: Life on the Margins is comprehensive A Level resource presented in nine presentations, addressing themes of food security including hunger, malnutrition, inequality, urbanisation, green and gene revolutions, population thinkers, food supply, drylands and desertification.

The impact of climate change, conflict and disasters and local, national and global responses to food and nutrition security are also addressed.

life on the margins >


This A Level exercise focuses on the district of Tonkolili, Sierra Leone, one of many in West Africa that was gripped by the Ebola outbreak in 2014. The data supported the response to the epidemic.

The aim of this exercise is to use the data provided to create an overview map of Tonkolili.

Ebola GIS mapping >

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