The accessibility and affordability of cancer care in Kolkata
The Tata Medical Centre is a philanthropic cancer hospital established in 2011 and situated at the outskirts of Kolkata. It provides cancer care to patients from the Eastern and North- Eastern parts of India.
Carlo Caduff collaborated with consultant psychiatrist at the Centre, Dr Soumitra S Datta to examine the accessibility and affordability of cancer care. As part of the project, 150 patients and family members were interviewed to better understand the challenges that they face.
In its first year, 10,000 patients received treatment in Tata Medical Centre and 60,000 consultations were provided. In 2018, almost 20,000 patients came for treatment.
Caduff’s research focuses on cancer, arguably one of the most complex and expensive medical conditions. The rising rates of the disease, the lack of universal health coverage, the fragmented health system, and the growing fascination with technology have transformed cancer into one of the greatest global health challenges of our time.
The study involved a photographic project with photographer Soumyendra Saha, which led to Twenty-Four Stills, a photographic exhibition in London and Kolkata documenting cancer patients, family members and hospital staff.
This project was funded by the Wellcome Trust.