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90th birth anniversary of Dr Ruth Pfau observed
September 09, 2019

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The 90th birth anniversary of renowned German doctor Dr Ruth Pfau, who dedicated her life to eradicate leprosy from Pakistan was observed on Monday.

She moved from Germany to Pakistan in 1961 and devoted more than 55 years of her life to fighting leprosy in Pakistan.

A symbol of selflessness Dr.Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau had been hailed as Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ who trained Pakistani doctors and attracted foreign donations, founding Pakistan's National Leprosy Control Program.

She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988.

She received numerous honors for her work, including the Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1979, the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989 and the German Staufer Medal in 2015.

The famous search engine and tech giant Google is also paying homage to Dr Ruth Pfau, with a doodle depicting her as she is caring a patient.

The Google noted that, German-Pakistani doctor, in her many years of work established 157 clinics that went on to help more than 56,000 leprosy patients.

She breathed her last on August 10,2017 in Karachi at the age of 87.

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