HIV/AIDS has continued to be a major pandemic in Kenya. It is responsible for thousands of deaths since the 1980s. Currently it is estimated that 160 Kenyans die daily as a result of HIV/AIDS and related infections.
The youth are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They are also susceptible to drug abuse, not just intravenous drugs/injectable, which increases the risk of HIV infection. More young people are facing the pandemic, a situation that calls for more care, support and information to the youth.
It is against this backdrop that a group of young people living with HIV/AIDS founded Maximizing facts on HIV/AIDS (Maxfacta) Youth Group, a community-based organization, in the year 2002 and registered it in 2003 to provide quality care, prevention and as a forum for mutual empowerment and support to enable them to live positively. With continuing need to support all the affected and infected youth, Maxfacta saw it fit to start a rescue center for the affected youth.