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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.  

A Level

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. 


  1. Causes of the Haiti and Japan earthquakes  
  2. Impacts of the Haiti and Japan earthquakes 
  3. Responses to the Haiti and Japan earthquakes 
  4. GIS and the Haiti earthquake 


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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.  

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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.

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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.

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A set of activities to explore what life is like for a refugee and a look at MSF's work with refugees and people forced from their homes.

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Attention Geography teachers! 

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Look out for more resources from MSF on the Times Educational Supplement website