Commemorative Coin issued in honour of Dr. Ruth Pfau
The Governor, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Mr. Tariq Bajwa, and the German Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Martin Kobler, unveiled a Rs.50/- commemorative coin on May 8, 2018 at SBP Headquarters in Karachi in recognition of Dr. Ruth Pfau’s meritorious services rendered to humanity.
Speaking on the occasion, the SBP Governor said that with Dr. Ruth Pfau’s efforts, Pakistan became the first country in the region to control Leprosy, and no amount of awards and recognition can repay her extraordinary services. The issuance of a commemorative coin is of unique nature and in the past has been issued only for great people like Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Fatima Jinnah, Benazir Bhutto and Abdul Sattar Edhi, which makes Dr. Pfau the sixth person for having been issued a coin in her honour.
The first coin was presented to Mr. Martin Kobler, German Ambassador to Pakistan, the second to Mr. Rainer Schmiedchen, Consul General of Germany in Karachi, and the third to Mr. Mervyn Lobo, CEO – MALC. The coin is available for public issuance across the country through SBP Banking Service Corporation offices.
Mr. Martin Kobler thanked the SBP and the Government of Pakistan for recognizing Dr. Pfau’s services to the country. He mentioned that she was a real Ambassador of Germany and a real source of connection between the two countries.
Mr. Ernst Hisch, Specialist Disability Rehabilitation – German Leprosy & TB Relief Association Germany, Sr. Dr. Marie Frings & Ms. Ainee Shehzad – members of the Governing Body, MALC, also graced the occasion with their presence.
On May 12, 2018, a small ceremony was held for MALC staff at MALC Head Office to acknowledge the issuance of the ‘Commemorative Coin’ by SBP. After unveiling the coin to the entire staff, Mr. Lobo, mentioned about Dr. Pfau being a universal citizen; she was born in Germany but dedicated her life to the people of Pakistan. Her humbleness was no match to anyone and MALC feels proud today for being highly associated with her. Dr. Pfau didn’t only work for patients but to serve humanity; along with her staff she was concerned about their families as well, and whatever work she did was with full of passion. MALC is grateful to SBP for conferring upon Dr. Pfau with such a great honour after her demise.