UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who spent more than five decades working to eliminate leprosy in Pakistan, has died at 87.
Pfau was dubbed Pakistan’s Mother Teresa for her work with the country’s most underprivileged. She passed away Thursday, Aug. 10 at a hospital in Karachi.
Pfau established clinics throughout the country after witnessing the devastating effects of leprosy firsthand in the 1960s.
Her work to combat the disease was a factor in leprosy being declared controlled in Pakistan in 1996.
In a statement, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said, “The entire nation is indebted to Ruth Pfau for her selfless and unmatched services for eradication of leprosy.”
Other Pakistanis have also taken to social media to express their condolences over Pfau’s death.
The government has announced she will be given a state funeral, which will be held on Saturday.