Disaster Assistance Response Teams

Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) respond to disasters caused by war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine.

URGENT: Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an Emergency Trauma Field Hospital to northern Iraq to treat the injured as Mosul is liberated from ISIS. We urgently need to staff this hospital with Christian medical professionals over the next several months.

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It is tragic to see the pain, hurt and suffering that is occurring here, however, God is daily renewing new my mind and giving me strength. It feels like this field hospital is like a piece of heaven coming to hells gate. Light shines so bright in the darkness. God’s love, power and presences is strong here. I am so grateful for that and for the people he has placed to serve here.
-Canadian ER Nurse deployed to Iraq

Read about a young woman who was a victim of ISIS, and who was a patient at the emergency field hospital

We need Christian medical staff for our Iraq Hospital

On the same Plains of Nineveh described in the Bible, a battle is raging right now. It’s between ISIS terrorists and military forces driving them out of their last major stronghold, in the city of Mosul.

More than one million residents of the city in northern Iraq are caught in the cross-fire. These people – many of them women and children -- are the victims of hostility, violence and death that has plagued the region for years.

Hundreds of thousands of Mosul’s more than one million residents are running for their lives. Many are being badly injured and require medical help; so do some of the military combatants.

In Canada, half a world away from this escalating tragedy, it’s so easy to be indifferent to the violence and numb to the hopeless headlines. 

However, we have the opportunity to bring Good News to these headlines. Late last year, as the need for outside medical aid grew dramatically, the World Health Organization and Iraqi government invited Samaritan’s Purse to help. Regional authorities have concluded that Christians are a people willing to respond without bias towards others, regardless of their beliefs or political affiliations.

Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an Emergency Field Hospital near Mosul, and begun treating dozens of victims of the military violence each day. We’re recruiting Christian medical professionals from all across Canada to serve for periods of three weeks or more.

Why is Samaritan’s Purse responding? Because Jesus calls on Christians to help their neighbors – even if those neighbors are on the other side or the world, from other faiths and cultures.

 “A man was beaten and robbed and left to die on the side of the road, and so it was a Samaritan who came by and showed compassion and took care of his wounds. Here at Samaritan’s Purse, we want to show God’s love to everyone.” –Franklin Graham, President, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, quoting from Luke 10 during the field hospital’s official opening in early January 2017.

The hospital consists of two operating rooms and a 50-bed nursing ward. Samaritan’s Purse needs medical and non-medical professionals who can share the hope of Christ while providing medical care. We’re accepting applications for positions to be filled now, or weeks and months from now.

We’re amazed and grateful that God has provided us, His church, with this highly urgent and strategic opportunity to save precious lives and illuminate the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This is your opportunity to express the love and mercy of Jesus in one of the most conflict-plagued areas of the world, and by doing so, to change the headlines from “hopeless” to “hope-filled.”

If you’re unable to serve in Iraq, please support Samaritan’s Purse's life-saving work there by donating online at SamaritansPurse.ca/donate or 1-800-663-6500.



Would my costs be covered?

Travel, food, accommodations are all covered. As well, we provide a stipend.

Will I be insured?

Yes – you will be insured by Samaritan’s Purse’s comprehensive policy which includes coverage in high-risk situations.

How safe is it?

The hospital is located in a highly secure and fortified compound with well-trained and effective security personnel 24/7. Due to the nature of the response, the hospital is located near the military conflict. Upon arrival, all personnel will receive safety and security orientation. We have put in extensive security measures, but with any response of this nature, there will always be a level of risk.

What type of medical professionals do you need?

  • Trauma/General Surgeons
  • Anesthesiologists/ Nurse Anesthetist
  • Emergency Medicine Physicians
  • Operating Room (Registered Nurse, Surgical Technologist)
  • Registered Nurse (EM, ICU, Pre/Post Op)
  • Medical Doctor (GP, IM)
  • Lab Technicians
  • Sterilization

Non-Medical Opportunities

  • WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene)
  • Logistics
  • Security

I can’t go now, but I could in a couple of months. Are you still interested?

Yes – this is a long-term commitment, due to the sad fact the battle for Mosul is likely to take several more months or even longer.

Who do I contact to answer other questions?

Samaritan’s Purse Canada’s Mobilization Manager, at teams@samaritan.ca or 1-800-663-6500 (ext. 8805).

How do I apply?

Click here to apply online

I am not able to go but want to help. What can I do?

A: Please pray for all the DART members who are currently or will deploy over the next six months. As well, we invite you to partner with us financially. Please give at SamaritansPurse.ca/donate or by calling 1-800-663-6500.


Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) program

The DART program is composed of on-call, readily available professionals trained to respond within a complex international environment.  Samaritan’s Purse strives to help and serve those who have suffered through a catastrophic event in the name of Jesus.  We specialize in meeting critical needs in the world’s most troubled regions, often working through local ministry partners already on the scene of a crisis. 

When disaster strikes, an Incident Management Team is formed in North America, and personnel are deployed immediately. Our typical areas of intervention are:

Prepared To Respond

We pre-position supplies in warehouses strategically located around the world so we can quickly respond to crises. When disaster strikes, we deploy Disaster Assistance Response Teams comprised of experienced professionals trained in meeting the needs of disaster victims. Back at international headquarters, our Incident Management Team ensures that supplies are flowing and provides other support to our staff on the ground.

Food and Water

After a disaster, food and water can mean the difference between life and death. We provide emergency food kits that typically include staples such as rice, beans, soy meal, corn, salt, and cooking oil. Contaminated water supplies are purified with packets that remove harmful microorganisms. We install community filtration systems that can purify up to 10,000 gallons per day, enough to provide for 2,500 people.


Quality healthcare is crucial in the days following a crisis. Samaritan’s Purse stocks hospitals and clinics with medicines and supplies, and we also send fully equipped mobile medical teams to reach people who have no other access to medical help.

The emergency field hospital has an emergency room with the capacity to see more than 100 people a day, an operating theatre with the ability to perform 7-10 surgeries daily, 20 inpatient beds, and an outpatient clinic with an adjunct lab, ultrasound imaging capabilities, and onsite pharmacy.


People who have lost their homes face greater exposure to the elements and the threat of sickness and disease. Samaritan's Purse provides blankets, tents, poles, and heavy-duty plastic sheeting in disaster situations. We often construct transitional shelters, giving families a place to live while they recover.


A storm or earthquake can leave survivors without the basics of daily life. When Samaritan’s Purse responds we often start by handing out needed supplies, including cooking utensils, hygiene items, blankets, water buckets, and other essentials.

We are looking for people with international experience and professional skills in the following sectors to join our DART program: 

- Shelter/construction
- Medical*
- Water, sanitation and hygiene
- Food assistance
- Logistics
- Communications
- Finance
- Information Systems/IT
- Security

* Medical DART positions include: ER doctors, internal/family medicine, critical care doctors, pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, trauma/general surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetist, OR nurses, registered nurses, OR technicians, lab technicians, pharmacists, radiology technicians 

To submit your application now, please click here.

If you have questions, or need more information, please call 1-800-663-6500 or email info@samaritan.ca