One of International Relief Teams’ (IRT) core activities is upgrading the knowledge and skills of doctors and nurses in emerging countries. By providing improved and higher quality health care to their patients, medical professionals trained through IRT’s medical education and training programs have saved countless lives.
IRT works closely the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, and S.T.A.B.L.E., Inc., as well as with foreign health ministries and professional medical organizations to implement programs of national scope.
IRT employs the “training of trainers” model, and focuses on developing committed groups of IRT-trained instructors in specific regions throughout a country. These groups continue the ongoing training of medical practitioners and other health care providers in their respective regions of responsibility. IRT provides each instructor group with all the training materials, as well as textbooks translated and published in their language.
Since 1994, IRT has directly trained more than 800 instructors in Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Russia and Vietnam, who in turn have trained more than 18,000 of their colleagues. Through these programs, IRT helps develop a solid foundation of highly skilled and competent clinicians upon which the national standards of care can be established, mortality rates reduced, and the overall patient confidence in the health care system vastly improved.