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Habiba Cooper Diallo is set to change the world.

A passionate health-care advocate, she founded Women’s Health Organization International, has spoken on women’s health care at the Toronto literary festival, “The Word On The Street,” has written many articles about health issues affecting African populations, and has been recognized for her efforts with a Huffington Post Global Impact Award.

Oh, and did we mention she is still in high school?

“Through education and community involvement, everyone has the potential to share a better, healthier, more inclusive world,” says Habiba.

Building on her work to raise awareness of health issues affecting African populations in Canada and around the world, Habiba got involved with Canadian Blood Services’ OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network. Through this program, the organization recruits healthy, committed volunteer donors to help patients get the stem cell transplants they need. As a champion for her high school’s Get Swabbed stem cell recruitment campaign, she mobilized her community to learn more about how stem cell donation can help save lives.

The event was held in February, in celebration of Black History Month. Habiba partnered with notable school alumnus and former NBA draft pick Will Njoku to spearhead an astoundingly successful event. The school registered 150 potential optimal stem cell donors in just a few hours.

But the impact goes beyond the number of people who participated in this event, notes Habiba.

“We’ve started a conversation about the health issues that affect all people,” she says. “Many don’t know about the need for stem cells, especially for African Canadians. With the swabbing event and the awareness that we brought to the school, more conversations are going to go on about how young stem cell donors can help future generations.”

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