004 - Water and Vector Borne Diseases

Geographic Knowledge and Understanding

Geographic factors contributing to the incidence, diffusion and impacts (demographic and socio-economic) of vector-borne and water-borne diseases.

Detailed Examples

One detailed example of a vector-borne disease and one detailed example of a water-borne disease.


Understanding the processes behind the incidence and diffusion vector and water borne diseases can create the possibility to change the impact.


Key Terminology

Define the key terms above by using the 'Useful Links' below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Comprehension - Water-Borne Diseases

We have already explored how diseases can be generally spread and what can make people more vulnerable than others. We are now going to focus specifically on water-borne diseases. The first section is going to look at who is at the most risk along, how the diseases are generally spread and the impacts than occur. 

Useful Resources

Activity Two - Comprehension - Vector-Borne Diseases

We are initially going to  find out the basics of what a vector-borne disease is and how diseases are spread this way.

Useful Resource

'Our Planet's Food and Health' by Codrington Pages 62-63

Activity Three - Detailed Case Study - Malaria a Vector-Borne Disease

We are going to be focusing on malaria as a vector-borne diseases, but why are we focusing on this? 

Incidence of Malaria

What does malaria do to the body?


Life Cycle of Malaria


Geographic Factors Responsible for Malaria


Exam Style Question

'Water-borne diseases are more deadly than vector-borne diseases.' Discuss [10 marks]

This lesson was development in collaboration with Richard Allaway from geographyalltheway. For more resources please visit www.geographyalltheway.com