Dr Ruth Pfau will be remembered as ambassador of humanity: COAS

Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan Dr. Ruth Pfau

"Dr Ruth came to Pakistan here at the dawn of a young nation, looking to make lives better for those afflicted by disease, and in doing so, found herself a home".

Born on September 9, 1929 in Leipzig, Sr.

Her interaction with leprosy patients in the port city motivated her to change the plan and stay rest of life in Pakistan to help the patients.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi announced in a statement that a state funeral would be held for Ruth Pfau who died on Thursday aged 87.

Not required to take the veil or live in seclusion, she ended up in Pakistan by chance.

Ruth Pfau studied medicine in the1950s at the universities of Mainz and Marburg in then West Germany. It is the most elevated honor of the German territory of Baden-Württemberg - by the German delegate general to recognize the work she has done in putting a stop to leprosy.

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"Dr Pfau's services to end leprosy in Pakistan can not be forgotten". In 1996, the World Health Organization declared that leprosy had been controlled in Pakistan, which led Sr.

"Well if it doesn't hit you the first time, I don't think it will ever hit you", she told the BBC in 2010. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988 and received numerous accolades for her services. Germany awarded her the Order of Merit in 1969. With the partnership of the Pakistani government, Pfau developed the country's National Leprosy Control Programme and extended her efforts to include treatments for blindness and tuberculosis.

She was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz - Pakistan's second highest civilian award - in 1979, the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989.

Her death drew messages of condolences from all sections of Pakistani society, with many comparing her passing to that of the philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, who passed away previous year. In 2002 she won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as Asia's Nobel prize.

Her last rites will be performed at Karachi's Saint Patrick's Church on August 19.

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