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Charity of the week: International Relief Teams

The organization sends medical specialists around the world to train local doctors and to deliver emergency care to victims of poverty and disaster.

International Relief Teams (irteams.org) sends volunteer medical personnel around the world each year to provide medical training to local doctors and emergency care to thousands of victims of poverty and disaster. Teams of specialists last year delivered much-needed medicines to Honduras, Congo, and Ivory Coast; trained neo­natal medical personnel in Vietnam; and performed eye surgeries in Ecuador and Uganda. The organization provided more than $1 million in emergency medicines and medical supplies to victims of the Haiti earthquake. Closer to home, the organization regularly sends construction teams to Mississippi to rebuild homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina for uninsured, low-income families and the elderly.

Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which ranks not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their control of administrative and fund-raising expenses, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest ranking.

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