Foreign delegates expected to attend Dr Pfau's funeral

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 12, 2017

She studied medicine at universities in Mainz and Marburg before joining the Catholic order of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, the organization that sent her overseas as a missionary. Waylaid in Karachi with visa difficulties, she visited a leprosy colony and was so distressed by what she saw that she could not bring herself to leave.

"When you receive such a calling, you can not turn it down, for it is not you who has made the choice", she told the Express Tribune. "He crawled on hands and feet into this dispensary, acting as if this was quite normal, as if someone has to crawl there through that slime and dirt on hands and feet, like a dog".

After a brief stint in India, she returned to Pakistan, where she lived and worked the rest of her life. He further said that she lived in the prayers of all those who were cured from leprosy as a result of her efforts.

Dr. Ruth Pfau, a German nun who became known as the "Mother Teresa of Pakistan" for her decades-long ministry to the country's leprosy patients, a moral and medical campaign that helped curb one of the most stigmatized diseases in human history, died August 10 in Karachi.

As a young physician and nun, she had planned to begin her missionary work not in Pakistan, but in India, in 1960.

Harald Meyer-Porzky of the Ruth Pfau Foundation based in Würzburg says that over the decades Pfau had "given hundreds of thousands of people a life of dignity".

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Sister Pfau trained numerous doctors in the treatment of leprosy, and in 1996 the World Health Organization declared that leprosy had been controlled in the country.

"It was due to her endless struggle that Pakistan defeated leprosy", the German Consulate in Karachi posted on Facebook after learning of Sister Pfau's death.

Dr. Ruth Pfau clearly understood that the complex condition of leprosy patients also affected their livelihood; therefore, she purposefully inducted a number of leprosy patients as regular staff member in Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center (MALC). "Pakistani nation salutes Dr. Pfau and her great tradition to serve humanity will be continued". And even after that, those disfigured by the disease would still need help overcoming the physical disabilities caused by the disease and the social stigma associated with it.

"We are like a Pakistani marriage, " she remarked. "It was an arranged marriage because it was necessary", she told Lobel. We always and only fought with each other. She spent more than a half century of public service and finally went on his eternal journey.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali on Thursday requested the federal government to allow state funeral of Sister Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau. In 1989, Dr Ruth was presented the Hilal-i-Pakistan for her services.

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