Renowned philanthropist, Dr. Ruth Pfau (late) honored for her invaluable services to humanity. In this regard a special award ceremony was organized in order to pay homage to the legendary humanitarian. She was a German-Pakistani physician and a nun of the order of ‘Daughters of the Heart of Mary.’
For this reason, an award ceremony was organized which was a collaborated effort of the Bright Future Society and the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University in Islamabad. This award ceremony was held at auditorium of PIMS Hospital in Islamabad, where guests from all walks of life joined in paying homage to the tireless services of Dr. Pfau.
Sister Mehnga Jalal and Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shaw received the Good Samaritan Award on behalf of Dr. Ruth Pfau (late). The award was presented by Vice-Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Dr. Javed Akram.
Vice-Chancellor of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Dr. Javed Akram and Archbishop of Lahore while addressing those present acknowledged Dr. Pfau’s services in eradication of leprosy from Pakistan. They said that her services towards countless patients of leprosy are unparalleled. Dr. Javed Akram also announced inauguration of “Dr. Ruth Pfau medal” which will be awarded to medical students performing well above above par.
Dr. Javed Akram also announced that the skin department at the Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University will be named after Dr. Ruth Pfau. He also expressed gratefulness to Bright Future Society for collaborating with the university in order to organize the award ceremony. Other prominent guests who graced the ceremony included Father Jacob Dogra, Brigadier Afandi, Pastor Oliver, Pastor Patras, Jasper Gill, nursing students and nursing staff.
Dr. Ruth Pfau was born in September 1929. She studied medicine at a university in in West Germany. After her graduation she joined the catholic order of the ‘Daughters of the Heart of Mary’. On March 8, 1960 she arrived in Karachi while on her way to India.
Her first visit to the Leprosy patient’s colony at I. I. Chundrigar Road, left her dejected. She decided to join the volunteer group and help the affected Leprosy patients. In 1961 she went to Vellore, South India in order to acquire specialized training in management of Leprosy. After completion of her training, she arrived in Karachi and set up the Leprosy Control Programme. She spent rest of her life serving the leprosy patients in Pakistan and was honored by the Government of Pakistan on several occasions.