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Pakistan pays tribute to its 'Mother Taresa' Dr Ruth Pfau

11 August 2017, 12:25 | Nellie George

'Light to the Lepers' Ruth Pfau dies in Pakistan

Dr Ruth Pfau ” Pakistani Mother Teresa” has passed away

Hailing from Germany, Dr Pfau had been staying in Pakistan since 1960, when she was just 29, dedicating her life to cure patients of leprosy.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi on Thursday has announced a state funeral for the messiah of Pakistani lepers Dr. Ruth Pfau who passed away at a Karachi hospital on Thursday. She founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi, Pakistan's first hospital dedicated to treating the disease, which today has 157 branches across the country.

KARACHI: Dr Ruth Pfau, a symbol of selflessness and devotion to leprosy patients, passed away at the age of 87 in Karachi late Wednesday night while she was undergoing surgery.

The President said the whole Pakistani nation salutes Dr Pfau for her exemplary services for the country.

The Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center is the first private leprosy center in Pakistan.

"Dr Pfau's services to end leprosy in Pakistan can not be forgotten".


Pfau trained as a doctor in her youth and went on to join a Catholic sisterhood. In 1996, the World Health Organization declared that leprosy had been controlled in Pakistan, which led Sr. The nun persuaded the Pakistani government five years later to start a programme against leprosy across the country. And she ultimately came to enjoy a celebrity in Pakistan on par with another nun known the world over for her work with the sick and the poor: Mother Teresa.

"She came to Pakistan 56 years ago and spent her life looking after the diseased and dispossessed", Sen.

She was honoured with the second highest civilian award, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, and Hilal-i-Pakistan in 1979 and 1980 respectively. "We owe u a debt of gratitude Dr Ruth Pfau".

"Well if it doesn't hit you the first time, I don't think it will ever hit you", she told the BBC in 2010.

Chief of Army Staff Qamar Jawed Bajwa referred to Dr Ruth as an "ambassador of humanity" and said "she will always be remembered" for her services.



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