Pride of Pakistan: Dr Ruth Pfau: The Woman Who Dedicated Her Life to Fight Leprosy in Pakistan


Do you know Dr. Ruth Pfau, the German woman who has dedicated her life to fight leprosy in Pakistan? Her journey of dedication and devotion to Pakistan and Pakistani people is no ordinary one. Do you know that this woman has dedicated over 50 years of her life to fight leprosy in Pakistan and is still busy fighting it?

This woman’s services to Pakistan are by no means an ordinary one. She entered Pakistan as a young woman and is today a woman in her 80’s who is still working to eradicate leprosy from all over Pakistan.

 Dr. Ruth Pfau Journey from Germany to Pakistan

Dr. Ruth Pfau was sent to Pakistan by the “Daughters of the Heart of Mary” a congregation of nuns of which she is an active member. Dr. Ruth Pfau has treated patients all over Pakistan but her hometown in Pakistan is none other than Karachi.

1996: WHO Declares Pakistan has Controlled Leprosy

Her contributions to Pakistan can be understood from the fact that in 1996 World Health Organization declared that Pakistan has controlled Leprosy. This is indeed something which couldn’t have been possible without the efforts of Dr. Ruth Pfau.

Dr. Ruth Pfau has at Times sold her Awards to Arrange Finances for treating her Patients

Her sheer dedication can be comprehended from the fact that Dr. Ruth Pfau has at times even sold her awards to treat her patients as she believes that awards hold no meaning for her if her patients are suffering.


Once when Dr. Ruth Pfau was asked if she regrets dedicating her life to Pakistan she said if she could make one correction in life it would be to arrive to Pakistan three years earlier than she did.

Awards and Honors

Pakistan has not failed to honor this woman who has dedicated all her life to help eradicate leprosy from Pakistan. Dr. Ruth Pfau is the recipient of Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Pakistan, Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Nishan-e-Quaid-e-Azam for public services, Ramon Magsaysay Award and Order of Merit (Germany).


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