Recently the CDA Chairman, Noor Ul Amin Mengal, took to Twitter to announce the plan to dedicate and name a prominent place in Islamabad after the German Pakistani humanist Dr. Ruth Pfau.
The decision comes as a positive gesture of appreciation for Dr. Ruth Pfau’s work on leprosy in Pakistan.
Dr. Ruth Pfau, a German-born medical missionary known as the “Mother Teresa of Pakistan,” is known for her pivotal role in containing leprosy. Dr. Ruth sadly passed away at the age of 87 in 2017 after battling kidney and heart disease.
Dr. Pfau was a nun from the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary, and she came to Pakistan in 1960 at the age of 29. After she witnessed the suffering of the country’s leprosy patients, she decided to stay in the country.
She established the Mary Adelaide Leprosy Center, along with the country’s leprosy control program.
Her death was announced by the Prime Minister of Pakistan at the time, Shahid Abbasi.
Abbasi stated that although she was born in another country, her heart was always in Pakistan, as he expressed his gratitude towards her service.
She worked for years on leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, which is a disfiguring and stigmatizing ailment. With advancements in science and technology, the disease can now be prevented and even cured after early diagnosis.
People like Dr. Pfau are hard to find, and it’s humbling to see such efforts by the CDA.