According to the American Cancer Society (2018) one person dies of melanoma every hour and the annual number of new cases during the last decade increased by 53%. The number of cases increased in Armenia as well. 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 “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. Annually each spring during the period from April 11th to May 11th people could check-up for free and get some healthcare related 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 May 11th a thematic concert is organized to celebrate achievements and recognize the contribution of each stakeholder. At last year’s concert in cooperation with Fund100 foundation, donations were collected to support kids with cancer. Within 4 years (since 2012), 22,160 people were engaged in this project through different events and social media campaigns. More than 400 people did check-ups and had a consultancy with a doctor. Additionally, 160,000 AMD was donated for the treatment of the children diagnosed with cancer.
- Decrease the potential threat of Melanoma and save lives by providing an opportunity for people to do early check-ups and get professional advice for free.
- Raise awareness about the symptoms, causes and treatment of Melanoma in its early stages by partnering with various organizations.
- 400 people did check-ups for free
- 22,160 people were engaged through awareness raising activities
- 160,000 AMD was donated for the treatment of children diagnosed with cancer
Organizations and Stakeholders:
Armenian Association of Hematology and Oncology
National Center of Oncology
American University of Armenia
Fund100 Charitable Foundation