Sister Dr Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau was a German-Pakistani physician and nun of the Society of Daughters the Heart of Mary. She devoted the last 50 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan and died at 12.30 am on August 10, 2017.
She was awarded Hilal-i-Pakistan, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam and the Staufer Gold Medal.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced in a statement that a state funeral would be held for her at St. Patrick Cathederal. Chief of Army Staff (COAS – Pakistan) General Qamar Javed Bajwa responded to the demise of Dr Ruth Pfau saying she will be remembered as the ambassador for humanity.
“She always managed to raise funds in Germany for work in Pakistan and to make Germans aware that in Pakistan hope exists, commitment, and good cooperation between different religions as well as between the governments of Germany and Pakistan.” In 1960, she decided to dedicate the rest of her life to the people of Pakistan and their battle against Leprosy outbreaks. She came to Karachi and visited a leprosy colony on McLeod Road behind the City Railway Station. Here she 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.
Sister Dr Ruth Pfau is popularly known as Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’. She served humanity and We owe a debt of gratitude to Dr Ruth Pfau.
Awards Achieved :
1968: The Order of the Cross from Germany.
1969: Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam from Government of Pakistan
1979: Hilal-e-Imtiaz from Government of Pakistan
1985: The Commanders Cross of the Order of Merit with Star from Germany
1989: Hilal-e-Pakistan from Government of Pakistan
1991: Damien-Dutton Award from USA
1991: Osterreischische Albert Schweitzer Gasellschaft from Austria
2002: Ramon Magsaysay Award from Government of Philippines
2003: The Jinnah Award from the Jinnah Society Pakistan
2003: In The Name of Allah Award by Idara Wiqar-e-Adab Pakistan
2004: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Aga Khan University
2004: Life-time Achievement Award from the Rotary Club of Karachi
2005: Marion Doenhoff-Prize, Germany
2006: Life-time Achievement Award from the President of Pakistan
2006: Woman of the Year 2006 Award by CityFM89
2006: Certificate of Appreciation from the Ministry of Health
2009: Nesvita Women of Strength Awards by TVONE
2009: Life-time Achievement Khidmat Award by Al-Fikar International.
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