‘Mother Teresa of Pak­istan’ dies at age 87

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

Ruth Pfau, a Ger­man physi­cian and nun who de­voted her life to the erad­i­ca­tion of lep­rosy in Pak­istan, has died at age 87.

In a state­ment, the of­fice of Pak­istan Prime Min­is­ter Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi an­nounced a state fu­neral for Pfau, known as “Pak­istan’s Mother Teresa.’’

Salwa Zainab, a spokes­woman at Pfau’s of­fice, said Fri­day a fu­neral ser­vice will be held Aug. 19 in Karachi, where Pfau died on Thurs­day.

She said lep­rosy re­mained a prob­lem in Pak­istan from the 1950s un­til about 1996 and that Pfau played a key role in ef­forts by Pak­istan and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion to bring the dis­ease un­der con­trol.

Zainab said Pfau was a “bea­con of hope for un­der­priv­i­leged’’ peo­ple.

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