Dr Ruth Pfau in numbers

SBP has issued a commemorative coin to honour her memory

Karachi: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued a commemorative Rs50 coin to honour the memory of humanitarian and German-born medical missionary Dr Ruth Pfau. For her tireless efforts to contain leprosy in Pakistan, she was often hailed as the ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’. In light of this commemoration, we set out to trace her accomplishments in numbers, as reported by BBCThe New York Times and Geo.


was the year Dr Pfau was born in Leipzig, Germany


was the age at which she crossed the border into West Germany to pursue a degree in medicine


was the year she graduated as a physician


was her age when she set foot in Pakistan in hopes of acquiring an Indian visa


was the year she began working on getting leprosy under control in Pakistan and soon after joined Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center (MALC)


is the number of families she treated at the centre


was the year she received Pakistan’s second-highest civilian award, Hilal-i-Imtiaz 


is the number of MALC medical centres that were opened up under the supervision of Dr Pfau


was the year her hard work bore fruit when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Pakistan as the first country in the East Mediterranean region to have controlled leprosy


is the approximate number of patients that are treated at MALC annually


was the year she passed away and was laid to rest in Karachi after a state funeral