According to the American Cancer Society, one person dies of melanoma every hour and the annual number of new cases during the last decade increased by 53% (2018). The number of cases in Armenia has also increased. Considering that in early stages of diagnosis, melanoma can be treated, Global Shapers Yerevan Hub in partnership with the Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology decided to organize the “No Melanoma” project, which combined a series of events to raise awareness about melanoma and provide an opportunity for people to do free check-ups.
Every year in spring during the period from April 11th to May 11th, people were able to receive a free check-up and healthcare tips from doctors. Different professional round table discussions, presentations and campaigns were also organized to discuss challenges regarding methods of diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, as the famous singer Bob Marley died from melanoma on May 11, 1981, every year on that day a thematic concert is organized to celebrate achievements and recognize the contribution of each stakeholder. At the 2018 concert in cooperation with Fund100 foundation, donations were collected to support kids with cancer. Within 4 years (since 2012), 22,160 people have been engaged in this project through different events and social media campaigns, and more than 400 people received check-ups and had a consultancy with a doctor. Additionally, 160,000 AMD was donated for the treatment of the children diagnosed with cancer.