Remembering Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Dr Ruth Pfau on her 90th birthday
90th birth anniversary of Dr Ruth Pfau, the German doctor who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, is being observed today.
Known as the Mother Teresa of Pakistan, Dr Pfau was born in 1929 in Germany’s Leipzig. She was a medicine student who was sent to India but got stuck in Karachi due to visa issues in 1960. It was during that time Dr, Ruth became aware of leprosy.
Worried about increasing rate of leprosy, a contagious bacterial infection. Dr. Ruth went to India to return back to Pakistan. She trained Pakistani doctors and attracted foreign donations for building leprosy clinics around the country.
Dr Pfau joined the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center (MALC) and later transformed it into the hub of a network of 157 medical centres that treated thousands of leprosy’s patients.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the disease, also known as Hansen’s disease, to be under control in Pakistan in 1996, much earlier than other nations in Asia.
Dr. Pfau was granted Pakistan citizenship in 1988 and was awarded e Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam, and Hilal-i-Pakistan for her services.
Eevn Google paid homage to Dr Ruth Pfau with a doodle on her 90th birthday