OWINGS MILLS, Md - Every two minutes a woman dies of cervical cancer. More than 500,000 women worldwide die from pregnancy and childbirth complications.
Students at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills want to help. They are advocating for women's health worldwide. They teamed up with Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that saves the lives of women and families.
Girls are learning about real world health issues affecting women.
"I have learned so much and I think as a girl today you need to be aware of what is going on around the world," said Madison Farley, a senior at Garrison Forest School.
Students became interested with Jhpiego after the CEO spoke at the school. Last year, two upper school students became the first Jhpiego interns from Garrison Forest.
They spent their spring internship Skyping with Jhpiego healthcare workers and girls from across the globe. They also wrote Facebook posts.
"Either you are a woman or you have a wife or everybody has a mother so we all know women. I think it's important that we don't forget about the women on the other side of the world that don't have access to the things we take for granted here," said Ellie Dominguez, a Senior at Garrison Forest School.
Students are passionate advocates and started a Jhpiego Club at Garrison Forest School. Last month students participated in a Give-N-Go Multi School Basketball fundraiser.
Several schools teamed up with Garrison Forest to support Jhpiego's mission. Students raised over $4,000.
"It's great that they are involved and they are caring about something more than themselves and really can make a difference. It's small changes that lead to big solutions," said Melody McCoy, with Jhpiego.
Students also participated in "January for Jhpiego." It was a month long women's health initiative that showcased Global Health issues facing women and girls.