Ruth Katherina Martha Pfau (9 September 1929 – 10 August 2017) was a German-born …. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said: “Dr Ruth Pfau may have been born in Germany, [but] her heart was always in Pakistan.
Dr. Ruth Pfau .. Google Doodle Celebrates Pakistan’s Mother Teresa’s 90th Birthday TODAY’S Google Doodle celebrates Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Dr Ruth Pfau on what would have been her 90th birthday But who was she and what legacy has she left behind? Here’s what we know
Who was Dr Ruth Pfau ،Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau was a German-born Christian nun and physician from Pakistan She first moved from Germany to Pakistan at the age of 29 in 1960 The renowned nun devoted 55 years of her life to fighting leprosy – setting up 157 clinics across the country
Today’s Google Doodle is Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, who was a German-born Christian nun and physician from PakistanCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Who was Dr Ruth Pfau?
Dr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau was a German-born Christian nun and physician from Pakistan.
She first moved from Germany to Pakistan at the age of 29 in 1960.
The renowned nun devoted 55 years of her life to fighting leprosy – setting up 157 clinics across the country.
The clinics she set up treated more than 56,780 people from the disease.
Also known as Hansen’s disease, leprosy is caused by a bacterial infection that can now be prevented and cured, but the disease has historically caused sufferers to be stigmatised for disfiguration.
She became a symbol of selflessness and had been hailed as Pakistan’s “Mother Teresa”.
Dr Pfau rescued suffering children who had been confined to caves and cattle pens for years by their parents, who were terrified that they were contagious.
She trained local doctors and even attracted foreign donations, founding Pakistan’s National Leprosy Control Program.
Today’s Google Doodle celebrates Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Dr Ruth Pfau on what would’ve been her 90th birthdayCredit: Google
Dr Pfau also founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, which has a presence in every Pakistani province.
As a result of her efforts, the World Health Organisation declared leprosy under control in Pakistan by 1996—earlier than most other Asian countries.
She received many honours for her work, including the Hilal-e-Imtiaz – Pakistan’s second highest civilian award – in 1979.
She wrote four books in German about her work in Pakistan, including “To Light A Candle”, which has since been translated into English.
Dr Pfau died in 2017 at the age of 87 due to respiratory problems.
She refused a life support machine, which made her doctors remove it the next day.
Pfau had been dealing with several health problems due to her old age, including kidney and heart disease, for which she had been receiving treatment for several years.
What does Dr Pfau’s Doodle show
Artist Alyssa Winans created today’s Google Doodle.
The image shows Dr Pfau tending to a patient with their heads replacing the oo in the Google logo.