Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

German-Pakistani nun Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

German-Pakistani nun Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

"Dr Ruth Pfau", a symbol of selflessness and devotion to leprosy patients", passed away at 87 years old in Karachi late Wednesday night while she was experiencing surgery. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi have expressed deep grief and sorrow over Dr Ruth Pfau's death.

She was born in Germany, came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to caring for patients suffering from leprosy. However, a visa problem kept Pfau in Pakistan, where she went on to live for 57 years.

Widely known as Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Pfau was eulogised by the prime minister and army chief for her contributions towards freeing the country of a contagious disease that can cause disfigurement.

With her efforts, in 1996, the World Health Organisation declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to have controlled leprosy.

In 1963, she founded MALC with the opening of a clinic. She was a German nun and a member of the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary, who devoted the last 50 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan.

Dr Pfau had been living in Pakistan since 1960 and came to the country when she just 29.

She was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country in 1979 for her commendable services.

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