Injabulo Clinic

In 2001 Rev Neill Robertson had the vision that the Alberton Methodist Church should have an Outreach project which included a Clinic. AMCARE was birthed and registered as an NPO on 17 January 2002. Our HIV & AIDS services developed from having 10 caregivers providing Home- and Community Based Care(HCBC) in the townships to the current 29 caregivers.

In June 2012, the clinic manager approached an NGO called CHAPS (Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies) for assistance in terms of starting a new program related to HIV prevention, namely voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).

Dr Dirk Taljaard, CEO CHAPS, came and did a site visit and it was agreed that we could give the VMMC program a try. All re-trenched staff were re-employed and we did our first circumcision on the 17th July 2012.

Early in our journey we entered into a partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Clinics in the Greater Alberton area and started providing food to patients on the days they received their TB medication. This relationship led to the Ekurhuleni Metro asking AMCARE to start a Voluntary Counseling and Testing Clinic at our site in Newmarket Estates. AMCARE was subsequently faced with the task of having to transfer HIV+ patients to various Hospitals and Clinics (currently Germiston Hospital) to receive Antiretroviral Medication (ARV).

In April 2007 Rev John Stack introduced AMCARE to Right-to-Care with the view of exploring the possibility of starting an ARV Clinic at AMCARE. The first meeting with the Department of Health and Right-to-Care was scheduled on 18 June 2007 and on 9 July 2007 it was agreed that AMCARE would provide a Down-referral Clinic for Germiston Hospital. AMCARE would provide the infrastructure and manage the Clinic, Department of Health would provide ARV Medication and Laboratory Services and Right-to-Care (through PEPFAR and USAID) funding for personnel.
Funds were raised from Joy Mining Manufacturers, Atlas Copco, Otis Elevators, Innovation Group, Air Liquide, Vital Air and some private donors to the amount of R1,6 million.

A custom-made clinic was ordered from Solid Build Mobiles, a local Alberton company. The Clinic was completed in May 2009 and named Injabulo (isiZulu for “Joy”).

The dedication service by Rev Dr Peter Storey of our new Injabulo Clinic was on Sunday 19 July 2009. The dedication was well attended by members of the Alberton Methodist Church, Alberton Mission Circuit, the local Ward Counselor and members of the broader community. Rev Storey requested that the words of John 10:10b be placed above the door of the Clinic “Jesus said: I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

In February 2012, Right to Care notified Amcare that they would no longer fund personnel for the clinic as they were unsuccessful in establishing an ARV treatment facility where patients could be started on treatment. Seven staff members were retrenched at the end of May 2012 and the clinic manager was due to be retrenched at the end of July 2012.

The clinic continued to function with one part time professional nurse, one cleaner and the clinic manager, also a professional nurse.

To date over 8641 circumcisions have been performed at no cost to the patient, by a qualified medical doctor under strict hygienic conditions.

Psalm 82:3

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.

“The Aids Orphans in sub Saharan Africa is a looming threat to the future and will reach 25 million by 2010 with 30,000 children dying every day”.

HCT (HIV COUNCELLING AND TESTING) AND CIRCUMCISION CLINIC

In partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, an HCT and Wellness Clinic- the Injabulo Clinic, based at AMCARE’s premises, is dedicated to the prevention and early detection of health problems such as HIV & AIDS, Tuberculosis and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Our main preventative HIV strategy is male circumcision.

* The clinic offers daily circumcision services including surgery and post-operative check-ups.

* We still service approximately 300 down-referred ARV patients.

* We provide HIV Wellness services to approximately 200 patients per month.

* We screen and test for Tuberculosis (TB) an all patients who present themselves for HIV testing or circumcision.

* We provide couples counseling in terms off HIV testing as well as individual HIV counseling.

* We refer all positive TB cases to the local clinic for treatment.

* We assist patients and clinics by supporting patients with meals whilst administering their treatment on a daily basis especially for homeless people.

* we can provide a pre-employment occupational health certificate programme.

HughAmHInjabulo Clinic – (Closed September 2017)