Pakistan digitalise Dr Ruth Pfau’s grave in Karachi

  • German-born humanitarian, commonly known as ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, died aged 87 in 2017

KARACHI — Authorities in Sindh capital have introduced the country’s first digital grave with a QR scanning technology.

The electronic grave in Port city’s Gora (Christian) Cemetery has a QR imprinted on it which the visitors can scan through their smartphone to access the deceased’s personal and professional information.

The first QR-code was placed on German-born philanthropist and humanitarian Dr Ruth Pfau, who dedicated her life to leprosy patients in Pakistan, died in 2017 in Karachi.

She was honoured with a state funeral that was broadcasted nationwide.

Dr Ruth Pfau

Dr Ruth Pfau, who is commonly known as ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan for her extensive battle against leprosy, passed away at the age of 87, on August 10, 2017.

She who was suffering from complications related to old age and had been admitted to the Aga Khan Hospital two weeks ago where her condition was pronounced unstable.

Hailing from Germany, Dr Pfau had been staying in Pakistan since 1960, when she was just 29, dedicating her life to cure patients of leprosy.

She also founded the National Leprosy Control Programme in different areas of Pakistan and was also head of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP). She has treated over 50,000 patients.

Dr Ruth Pfau laid to rest after state funeral

It was due to her efforts that the World Health Organisation (WHO) finally declared Pakistan a leprosy-free country in 1966.

Pakistani government honoured her with the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989 and Hilal-e-Imtiaz in 1979. She was granted Pakistani citizenship in 1988.

Dr Pfau also actively took part in rehabilitation work when Sindh was hit by floods in 2010.