Sister Ruth Pfau, known as the Mother Theresa of Pakistan, a medical doctor who dedicated her life to serve and treat leprosy patients, passed away on 10th August, 2017, after a long illness at the age of 87, at Aga Khan Hospital in the commercial path of Karachi. She was the founder of the National Leprosy Control Program; the Mary Adelaide Leprosy Center (MALC) in Karachi and in all provinces after arriving in Pakistan at the age of 29, in 1960. Due to her efforts, Pakistan was one of the first countries in Asia to control leprosy.
As reported by ucanews.com, Mosharraf Zaidi, a Pakistani columnist tweeted that “Dr. Ruth Pfau was a Pakistani legend who represented the pinnacle of human empathy and dedication. May God grant her soul peace and tranquility”
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, prime minister of Pakistan has announced a state funeral for Sr. Ruth and the funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi on August 19, 2017.