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President George W. Bush Receives 'International Medal of PEACE' That Coincides With PEPFAR Milestone on World Aids Day:
Date:12/1/2008

Dr. Rick Warren Presents Award, Engages with President on U.S. HIV/AIDS Initiatives and Accomplishments at Home and Abroad During Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- President George W. Bush was honored on the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day today, with the "International Medal of PEACE" given by Dr. Rick Warren on behalf of the Global PEACE Coalition during the Saddleback Civil Forum on Global Health. The award, given in recognition of the President's tireless efforts and unprecedented contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS and other diseases, came on the heels of the President's announcement that his President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) had fulfilled its commitment to support treatment for 2 million people ahead of schedule.

"I insisted on measurable goals because I felt lives needed to be saved," President Bush said, explaining the success of the program was accomplished, in part, by aligning authority and responsibility through partnership with local leadership on the ground. "When we got started, there were 50,000 people getting anti-retrovirals in all sub-Sahara Africa, and we set a goal of 2 million people by five years. Today, we are able to announce that we are over 2 million in less than five years."

The Forum, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., provided an opportunity for Dr. Warren and his wife Kay to engage both President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush in candid conversation regarding their inspiration for PEPFAR, which began in 2003, and the results it has achieved globally including saving lives, creating new partnerships, trusting in local leadership, encouraging behavior and reducing stigma.

"No man in history -- no world leader -- has ever done more for global health than President George W. Bush, and I think we need to recognize that," said Pastor Warren. Prior to the Bush Administration, there was
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