WE SUPPORT AN EXTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE FINANCIAL HISTORY OF THE HOWARD HOSPITAL AND APPROPRIATE ETHICAL RESPONSES
The issue at Howard Hospital is a watershed moment in Army history. Soldiers and officers alike are questioning whether the Army has lost its way. The Army's reputation has been sullied and brought into question by those outside the Army who have previously supported and championed the work of the Army. Many of those outside the SA have started to channel their support, financially and materially, to other institutions where their integrity, honesty and compassion are not compromised. Dr. Paul and Pedrinah Thistle are owed an apology. They have had their character and ministry maligned, their lives disrupted, and have been caused untold heartache, frustration and despair. The people of Chiweshe are owed an apology. In just a few days they will have had a full year living without affordable medical services, a year of loss of life-saving antiretroviral therapies, a year of losing family and friends who may have been saved had Dr. Thistle and the visiting volunteer medical professional been made available as needed. Those whose actions caused this tragedy must be removed from positions of authority, and a review of their qualifications to continue to serve as Salvation Army officers must be conducted. If they are found to be lacking in the sufficient ethical leadership qualities, they should be placed in a supporting appointments only. Should the review produce results as egregious as has been presented in this FSAOF report series, they should be removed from officership. We call on the leadership of the Salvation Army to correct this situation. Restore Howard Hospital to the functionality to its former status, conducting not only primary health care but also surgeries. Appoint a qualified surgeon. Rebuild and resume the visiting medical professionals program. Re-establish and resume the HIV and TB programs. Further, establish the necessary checks and balances to ensure a sound framework from which a revived Howard Hospital can recover, grow and thrive whereby the Howard Hospital can once again be a place of health and healing in the name of The Salvation Army demonstrating the love of Christ for the people of Chiweshe and Zimbabwe.