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On the evening of 13 August 1865, at a mental asylum in Lazarettgasse in Vienna, Dr Ignaz Fülöp Semmelweis was pronounced dead. His body was brought back to his hometown of Pest (now Budapest) in Hungary and at his burial on the 15th of August, not a single member of his family was present. Semmelweis died as he had perhaps lived. Unloved and uncared for.
One person dies from tuberculosis every minute in India. Millions of children die every year because of inadequate access to food and preventable illnesses like diarrhoea and pneumonia. India is the diabetes capital of the world and the third most obese country. Due to mental health conditions like depression, India's suicide rate in the 15-29 age group is the highest in the world. The Infant Mortality Rate in India is 40 which compares poorly with its neighbours including Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.