Rest in peace. Dr. Ruth Pfau 1929 — 2017.
“Dr. Ruth Pfau passes away at 87 (1929 – 2017).”
Dr. Ruth Pfau – founder member (Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre-MALC) known as amma to all of her patients has served in Pakistan for over 5 decades. She has travelled from Karachi to Sakardu to work for those who were shunned by society and became known as untouchables / lepers. In her words we shall not face any situation, in which we cannot do anything – there will always be the possibility for a smile, a gesture, a warm word, a small prayer— And an answer a smile, a gesture. She not only was able to control the disease but was also able to touch many hearts in her journey. All her life she has been an ambassador of peace, love and hope, in her words “Love will always have the last word.”
Born 0n 9th September, 1929 in Leipzig Germany. She came to Pakistan in 1960 and started working for the most stigmatized disease known to mankind. She was not only laid a foundation of a country wide program to control Leprosy but was also able to achieve the target in 1996. She has been appointed as Honorary Federal Adviser for National Leprosy Control by the Government of Pakistan. The program has now evolved and MALC is now working for Leprosy elimination, Tuberculosis and Blindness Control, Mother and Child Health and Community Based Inclusive development.
Her efforts has not only been recognized by Pakistan but all across the world. For her selfless services she has been conferred with the highest civil awards of Pakistan including Nishan e Quaid-e-Azam. Pakistan has been fortunate to have a messiah in the shape of Dr. Pfau. She is a beacon of hope for underprivileged. She is a role model admired for her dedication and passion for the cause.
Her funeral will be held on 19th August, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Church Saddar Karachi.