Canadian-born physician Gail Wagner, a practicing oncologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded Tiba Foundation (formerly Matibabu Foundation USA in 2004). The previous year, Dr. Wagner had visited her daughter Laura who was then working in Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya. Through Laura, Gail met a young Kibera-based community activist named Daniel Ogola.
Tiba Foundation began by bringing seven U.S. based doctors and nurses to Ugenya District. They teamed with talented local medical professionals and community organizers to create ‘medical camps’ attended by thousands of people. It became clear immediately to everyone on the team, that local people required permanent medical facilities. Gail Wagner returned to the United States and founded the Matibabu Foundation USA (name changed to Tiba Foundation in 2010). She also assisted Daniel Ogola in founding Matibabu Foundation Kenya.
Tiba was created to raise funds internationally and provide technical support when requested, including providing program expertise, surgeons, doctors, nurses and researchers. Matibabu Foundation Kenya was created to direct community efforts, set strategy and manage all programs on the ground.
Today, with Tiba’s support, Matibabu Foundation Kenya operates three outpatient clinics, the new Matibabu Women’s and Children’s Hospital inpatient short-stay, and helps manage 500 Community Health Care Workers who practice prevention in the rural area.