Christians contributions to the Health sector.
The Christians in Pakistan created hospitals and medical clinics before and after the creation of Pakistan. Christian missionaries played a major role in building the health infrastructure of the new country. After the formation of Pakistan, when the caravans of thieves entered the Holy Land with lacerations and wounds, they applied the bandage to their blood and sore throats at Walton in Lahore which was renamed as “Bab Pakistan”. It is said that Christians had also set up camps for the refugees. FC College Lahore set up a camp for the treatment of the injured in these camps. Later it was renamed UCH and made a permanent hospital. In this difficult time of the establishment of Pakistan, Christian missionary sisters and fathers also played their role in providing medical facilities, food, and other necessities of life to the sick, wounded, hungry and thirsty refugees in Walton camps.
Christians are rendering their services and promoting the spirit of love, tolerance, and brotherhood. Christian medical institutions are spread across the country and are working day and night to rebuild the country. Holy Family Hospitals in Karachi, Rawalpindi and other cities, United Christian Hospital in Lahore, St. Rafael Hospital in Faisalabad, Mission Hospital in Taxila, Tank and other cities, are known for their services to the needy and most vulnerable for decades. Majority of nurses and support staff used to be Christians throughout Pakistan. This ratio may have changed over the last twenty years as Christians were discouraged from applying.
We highlight some of the well-known clinics and hospitals here and thank their founders, management, staff and volunteers for their services to the country. Unfortunately, government nationalized some hospitals and others have fallen in their standards due to mismanagement. We hope the Christian community and the government will continue to find ways to collaborate and provide high class health services to the people of Pakistan.
Doctor Ruth Pfau
On 23 March 1989, Pfau received the Hilal-i-Pakistan award presented by the then-President of Pakistan Ghulam Ishaq Khan at the President’s House for her work with leprosy patients. In 2006, Pfau was honored as the ‘Woman of the Year 2006’ by City FM89. On 14 August 2010, on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day, the then-President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari awarded Pfau the Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam for public service. She was hailed as Pakistan’s “Mother Teresa” after her work towards helping people displaced by the 2010 Pakistan floods.