Rich tributes paid to Dr. Ruth Pfau - Pakistan's Mother Teresa

Henrietta Brewer
August 10, 2017

German-born nun Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi, a hospital official said.

She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and remains among the most revered and respected individuals to grace the country.

The Prime Minister in his message said she came to Pakistan at the dawn of a young nation looking to make lives better for those afflicted by disease. President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief at her demise and paid rich tribute to her services.

She had travelled to various parts of Pakistan to medically facilitate leprosy patients, a journey she said enjoyed tremendously because of the marked difference made in the lives of her patients.

Dr Pfau, 87, who was suffering from complications related to old age, had been admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital two weeks ago where her condition was pronounced unstable.

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

Often dubbed Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Dr Pfau was the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan and in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated.

She was presented with Pakistan's second highest civilian honour, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, in 1979 in recognition of her work.

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