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Founded in 1988 in San Diego, California, International Relief Teams is dedicated to organizing volunteer teams to provide medical and construction assistance to the victims of disaster and profound poverty worldwide.


To assist victims of disaster, poverty and neglect by organizing and deploying volunteer teams to provide medical and construction assistance worldwide.


IRT's programs address the immediate needs of those affected by disaster and promote self-sufficiency by imparting skills and knowledge.

IRT mobilizes volunteers and distributes medical supplies to support its four core missions of domestic and international disaster relief; medical education and training; surgical and clinical outreach; and public health. IRT volunteer medical teams augment local health care professionals during natural disasters and other crises, conduct comprehensive in-hospital training programs in cardiac resuscitation, obstetrical and neonatal care, and perform surgery in remote impoverished areas where specialists do not exist. IRT sponsors programs to reduce mother to child HIV/AIDS transmission and provides counseling and vocational training for teens living with HIV/AIDS. Volunteer construction teams repair homes damaged by natural disaster, build public health facilities, and conduct community-based construction training.


Since 1988, thousands of lives have been significantly impacted by the volunteers and programs of International Relief Teams. IRT has deployed more than 4,000 volunteers to assist victims of disaster, poverty and neglect, and has sent more than $96 million in medicines and supplies to families in desperate need worldwide.


A. Barry La Forgia


United States, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda, Viet Nam




4560 Alvarado Canyon Road
Suite 2G
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: (619) 284-7979
EIN: 33-041275

Save A Newborn

2 days of training

Your gift will provide two days of intensive classroom and practical training for a doctor or nurse in a developing country to gain the skills they desperately need to save babies experiencing breathing or other cardio-pulmonary difficulties at birth.


Restore Sight

Cataract surgery

International Relief Teams will send a team of physicians and nurses to provide surgery for people in remote areas who have no other way of obtaining this assistance. The team takes all of the medical equipment, instruments, medicines and supplies needed to perform surgery. Your donation of $60 will restore the eyesight of a person previously blinded by cataracts.


Expand Health Care

$500 worth of medicine

You can help a child who is sick, perhaps even save a life. Your donation will purchase critically needed medicines such as antiobiotics and vaccines for children living in impoverished countries where International Releif Teams serves. Your donation of $10 will buy $500 worth of medicines! What an incredible gift to give a child - the gift of health!