As a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, Dr. (Simeon) Kambandja Kasongo Kashala serves through GBGM Global Health as 1) Director of Samuteb Memorial United Methodist Hospital, a rural UMC facility, and 2) Coordinator of Methodist Church Medical Activities of the Annual Conferences of CALU and KANOK in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Since his assignment in the rural area, Dr. Kashala travels from village to village to care for patients who suffer from various diseases and who are many times in severe poverty conditions. During his village visits, Dr. Kashala educates the population about HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy and many other infectious diseases. He feels strongly that the fight against infantile diseases is through the use of vaccinations.
Born in Kasaji, DRC, Dr. Kashala attended primary and secondary schools in his home district of Lualaba. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Kisangani, DRC, in Biomedical Science. Dr. Kashala earned his Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Childbirth degree from the University of Lubumbashi in 1997, and in 2003 he received a Master of Public Health from the University of Kinshasa.
Dr. Kashala began his medical career in 1997 as an assistant at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Lubumbashi Clinic. In 1998 he became Chief Medical Officer of the Kapanga Health Zone and Director of Samuteb Memorial United Methodist Hospital. Dr. Kashala is also Medical Coordinator of Public Health of the United Methodist Church in the South Congo Diocese, a position he assumed in 2000. Since 2002 he has also been General Director of the Medical Technical School in Kapanga, which is a nursing school.
Holding leadership positions in University organizations, Dr. Kashala is president of the core group of physicians in the Lualaba District, which is government-organized health care. He continues to participate in trainings and seminars relating to health and development.
Baptized at age 14, Dr. Kashala feels he is accomplishing the recommendations of Christ who not only preached but also “looked after and healed sick people.”
Dr. Kashala and wife Madame Kasela Kashala are the parents of three daughters, Betita Samba, Naomi Makumba, Raissa Kayinda and son Ken Kasongo. Dr. Kashala served as a delegate from South Congo Annual Conference to the 2004 United Methodist General Conference in Pittsburgh.
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