Master of her own destiny, saviour of others – Lesser-known details of Dr Ruth Pfau’s early life

Master of her own destiny, saviour of others - Lesser-known details of Dr Ruth Pfau's early lifeSource: Daily Times by Asif Aqeel

Lahore: Dr Ruth Katherine Martha Pfau was the master of her own destiny, and by being so, she transformed the destiny of thousands of others affected by Leprosy.

She was born in eastern Germany to protestant parents but chose to join a Catholic order and make Pakistan her home for the most part of her life. She gave up a life of personal relations and worldly pleasures for the sake of public service and through her efforts helped Pakistan control leprosy disease four years ahead of the deadline set by the World Health Organisation.

Details of her life before her arrival in Pakistan are less widely known. The following account of Pfau’s early life in Western Europe and her time in Pakistan is based on works done by Agha Khan University professor Dr Rabia Hussain and Zia Mutaher.

Read more – Dated: August 11, 2017

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