Lead singer of U2, Bono, who has been involved in efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS and poverty, has become the first person to receive the George W. Bush award for his humanitarian work.
Bono was recognized with the first-ever Geroge W. Bush medal for Distinguished Leadership on and personally handed to him by the 43rd President of the United States himself during a sit-down panel in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Bush Center in Dallas.
In a video posted on YouTube, Bush praised the rock icon for his incredible work. The former politician started the conversation by saying that Bono accepting the award is a huge honor for his organization.
“It’s a huge honor to [win]this award, and I’m here to honor your leadership on the greatest health intervention in the history of medicine,” the singer-songwriter responded. “That’s what I’m not sure people understand: 13 million from PEPFAR, and if you add the Global Relief Fund, it’s probably been 21 million lives have been saved by this work that you began and led and I’m here to honor that.”
PEPFAR, which stands for President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, is a government initiative created to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic, not just in the United States but all over the world. It was created back in 2003 while Bush was in the White House.