United Methodists Enrich Health Care in Africa

Dr. Eliot Chikati (left) and Dr. Tongai Chitsamatanga visit with Portia after a surgery for burn complications at Cure Children’s Hospital of Zimbabwe. Chitsamatanga, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, is one of two top surgeons from Zimbabwe who are United Methodists. Photo by Cure Zimbabwe, UM News.
Dr. Eliot Chikati (left) and Dr. Tongai Chitsamatanga visit with Portia after a surgery for burn complications at Cure Children’s Hospital of Zimbabwe. Chitsamatanga, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, is one of two top surgeons from Zimbabwe who are United Methodists. Photo by Cure Zimbabwe, UM News.

Two of the foremost cardiothoracic and pediatric orthopedic surgeons from Zimbabwe are active United Methodists.

Dr. Kudzai Kanyepi and Dr. Tongai Chitsamatanga are members of Chisipiti United Methodist Church in Harare.

Kanyepi is the first female cardiothoracic surgeon in Zimbabwe and the 13th female cardiothoracic surgeon in Africa — one of four of African ethnicity. Chitsamatanga is the second pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in Zimbabwe.

“Health has always been at the church’s heart in national development,” said the Rev. Alan Masimba Gurupira, administrative assistant to Zimbabwe Area Bishop Eben K. Nhiwatiwa.

“The achievement of Dr. Kanyepi is unparalleled,” Gurupira said. “It has scored a first in this critical field of medicine.

“The gospel of Christ is centered on humility and selfless service and has been personified in Dr. Chitsamatanga, foregoing possible lucrative benefits for the humble service to his fellow nationals.”

He said the pair has demonstrated the core Christian principles of dedication and service provision. “We are proud of them as a church.”

Kanyepi said her journey started with undergraduate training at the University of Zimbabwe, followed by a two-year internship at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.

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Source: United Methodist News