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Pakistan’s leprosy fighter Dr Ruth Pfau passes away

Pakistan’s leprosy fighter Dr Ruth Pfau passes away
August 10, 2017

KARACHI, 10 August: German Dr Ruth Pfau, who led a battle against the stigmatized disease of leprosy in Pakistan, passed away at the age of 80 on Thursday morning.
Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP) officials said in a statement announced that Dr Ruth Pfau known as Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ breathed her last at a private hospital in Karachi. She had been hospitalised for two weeks due to age-related illnesses.
Dr Pfau, the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan, was in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated.
Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’, who was born in Germany, came to Pakistan in the 1960s and dedicated her life to taking care of leprosy patients. In 1960, with the support of Pakistani government, she established leprosy centres Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Azad Kashmir. In KP, leprosy centers were established in Peshawar, Buner Pir Baba, and Battagram to care for the leprosy patients. Due to the endless struggle of Dr Pfau that Pakistan defeated the disease and became leprosy-free in 1996.
Dr Ruth Pfau was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services.
In 1979, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award of the country. In 1989, Dr Ruth was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan.
Her last rites will be performed on August 19 at St. Patrick’s Church in Karachi’s Saddar area.

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