KARACHI: The third death anniversary of Dr Ruth Pfau, who devoted more than 55 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan, is being observed on Monday (today).
She was a German–Pakistani Catholic nun of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, and a physician. She moved from Germany to Pakistan in 1961.
Pfau had been honoured with the Hilal-i-Pakistan-, Hilal-i-Imtiaz-, Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam-, and the Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam award for her matchless and unconditional services to Pakistan.
The ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’ helped in establishment of 157 leprosy clinics across the country that treated more than 56,780 people. Fazaia Ruth Pfau Medical College and Dr Ruth Pfau Hospital are named after her in Karachi. She died at 87 after protracted illness. She was laid to rest at Gora Qabristan cemetery in Karachi.