My name is Toni Belanger, wife of Dr. Ted Belanger and the Medical Project Coordinator for the Conscience International Ethiopia Project.
My role with the orginazation is to schedule & coordinate all travel arrangements for the volunteers who go.
This includes coordinating the driver, our airfare & hotel. I also obtain everyones visas for the trip which includes obtaining a letter from the Ethiopian embassy & the hospital in Ethiopia.
As for helping with the surgeries, I help Ted (Dr. Belanger) select all the cases in advance. I then put together the schedule for each day there of who will be having what surgery on which day. I organize a calendar of who is arriving & who is departing from the airport. I coordinate this with our driver.
I have learned to use the hospital in Ethiopias computer system. I put all the orders in for each patient who has or will be having surgery. I coordinate with an assistant to see if the patients will need or already have blood for their surgery. I bring the patients to the operating room the morning of surgery.
I am an acting physician assistant to Ted. I see patients post ops and do their medication, physical therapy, take them to x-ray & make sure we get their post op X-ray pictures, I take pictures of all the patients pre-op and post op & during all the surgeries.
I help get the necessary items ready and help set up the operating room for that days surgery.
I have been doing this for years now.