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.