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Teaching Geography: Workshop 5

Sub-Saharan Africa

Programs and Activities: Part 2. Kenya

Getting Ready 2 (15 minutes)

Rating Health

Site Leader: This activity involves analyzing a map of Africa. You may print a map here. Please keep participants to five minutes in the first part of the activity and facilitate group discussion for the last ten minutes.

Begin by studying this choropleth map of Sub-Saharan Africa. Each color corresponds to a World Health Rating determined by the following demographic factors: life expectancy for men and women, infant mortality, crude death rate, people per physician, percentage of the population under 15 years of age, and per capita Gross National Product (GNP). The higher the rating, the healthier a country's population. For example, the United States has a health rating of 9, Gabon has a rating of 4, and Malawai has a rating of 1.3.

Working individually, take five minutes to briefly write down what you can surmise from the map, addressing these questions:

  • What patterns do you see?
  • What might account for these patterns?
  • How might a country's location, resources, or climate affect its health rating?
  • Why might a developed nation such as the United States have a better health rating than a developing nation?

Spend the remaining ten minutes discussing your answers with the group.

Keep in mind how physical and human factors affect the health of a nation's population as you watch the video program.

(This activity is based in part on a lesson by Artis West of North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. That lesson plan is included in Featured Lesson Plans.)

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