The obituary of Pakistan's Mother Teresa
Dr Ruth Pfau
Dr Ruth, in her youth
Dr Ruth Pfau had been living in Pakistan since 1960 and came to the country at the
age of 29. When she witnessed the suffering of the country’s leprosy patients she
decided to stay here. She was a German nun and a member of the Society of leprosy
It was due to her endless effort, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared
Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to have controlled leprosy in 1996.
Dr Ruth Pfau received numerous accolades for her services; Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1979, Hilal-
e-Pakistan in 1989 and the German Staufer Medal in 2015.
Pakistan’s magic leprosy healer Dr Ruth Pfau passed away early Thursday morning at
the age of 87 in Karachi.
She founded the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan, and the Marie
Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi and in all provinces of Pakistan including Gilgit-
Her services to the Pakistanis will be remembered for ever.