Dr Ruth Pfau's 1st Death Anniversary is Being Observed Today

The first death anniversary of German doctor and nun, Dr. Ruth Pfau, who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan is being observed on August 10.

Dr. Pfau, who was hailed as the Mother Teresa of Pakistan, passed away on August 10, 2017 at a hospital in Karachi at the age of 87.

Dr. Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau was born on September 09, 1929. She was a German-born Pakistani physician and the nun of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She moved from Germany to Pakistan and devoted more than 50 years of her life-fighting leprosy in Pakistan. In 1960, aged 31, she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to the people of Pakistan and their battle against leprosy outbreaks. While in Karachi, she visited the Lepers’ Colony once and decided that the care of patients would be her life’s calling. She started with medical treatment for the leprosy patients in a hut in this slum. A Leprosy Clinic was bought in April 1963 and patients from all over Karachi, Pakistan, and even from Afghanistan came for treatment. In 1979, she was appointed as the Federal Advisor on Leprosy to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Government of Pakistan. 

Pfau went to distant areas of Pakistan where there were no medical facilities for leprosy patients. She collected donations in Germany and Pakistan and cooperated with hospitals in Rawalpindi and Karachi. In recognition of her service to the country, she was awarded Pakistani citizenship in 1988.