Dr. Ogola is a pediatrician and is the medical director of Cottolengo Hospice, a hospice for HIV and AIDS orphans.
She was born on 2 June 1958 and is married with 4 children and 2 foster children.
She studied at Thompson’s Falls High School and was best student overall in school. She also studied at Alliance Girls High School. At the University of Nairobi she earned her First Degree, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, in 1984. In 1990, she earned her Master of Medicine in Paediatrics at the University of Nairobi. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma on Planning & Management of Development Projects at the Catholic of Eastern Africa in 2004.
Ogola is a paediatrician based in Nairobi and the medical director of Cottolengo Hospice, a hospice for HIV and AIDS orphans. She is also Vice-President of Family Life Counselling (Kenya) and interested in women's empowerment.
She was National Executive Secretary of the Commission for Health & Family Life of the Kenya Episcopal Conference(1998-2002).
From 2002-2004, she was the Country Coordinator of the Hope for African Children Initiative, a partnership of several international NGOs which included Plan, CARE, Save the Children, Society for Women and AIDS, World Conference For Religion and Peace and World Vision. The Initiative's main goal is to strengthen the capacity of African communities, to advocate, care for and support children impacted by HIV/AIDS & prevent further spread of HIV.
She also helped found and manage the SOS HIV/AIDS Clinic (April 2004 –April 2005), which is a clinic for PLWAs. The clinic offers VCT, baseline investigations including CD4s, treatment of OI, provision of ART and nutritional support to 1000 persons from the surrounding slums: women, men and children.
Currently, she is the National Executive Secretary: KEC-CS: Commission for Health & Family Life. She is once again Head the Commission of the Catholic Secretariat. The Commission is charged with Coordination of 500 Catholic Health Units & Community Outreaches all over Kenya providing services to over 5 million cases annually.
Dr. Ogola has been appointed a member of the National Council for Children Services.
She has written 3 novels, a biography and a handbook for parents
Of her first novel, Ogola says:
"The inspiration for this book came from my mother who handed down to me the wisdom and lives of her own mother and grandmother. This strength and support that is found in the African family is the most important part of our culture, and should be preserved and nurtured at all costs."
In an analysis of The River and the Source, Tom Odhiambo writes: "The several female protagonists in the text, representing different historical periods in Kenya's history, symbolically articulate a kind of womanhood in contemporary Kenya that projects its own social agency and identity. In the process, these characters rewrite the persona that has been allocated to women in postcolonial Kenya's national story." Odhiambo contends that "Ogola's text seeks to project Kenyan women as capable of not only telling their own stories but also of claiming their rightful place and identity in the broader national life."
"Unless we recognise that each individual is irrepeatable and valuable by virtue of simply being conceived human, we cannot begin to talk about human rights. This includes the right to be born, as all of us have enjoyed. True justice should be for each human being, visible and invisible, young and old, disabled and able, to enjoy fully their right to life. The accidental attributes that we acquire such as colour, sex intelligence, economic circumstances, physical or mental disability should not be used as an excuse to deprive a person of life."
Quoted from a speech she gave: On the Dignity of the African Woman
From the collection of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC: