Students wait for their face paint to dry before an AIDS awareness rally inside a school on the eve of World AIDS Day, in Chandigarh, India. Picture: Ajay Verma

The world will be celebrating World Aids Day on Tuesday under the theme “Getting to Zero”.

While first world countries have fard somewhat better than their third world counterparts, the reality is that the battle against HIV/Aids is far from over.

Despite huge advances in enhacing the quality of life and life expectacy, researchers are no closer to finding a cure for the deadly disease.

HIV/Aids education has contributed significantly to lowering infection rates globally, but as with everything else, some programmes are reallygood, while others are incredibly bad.

Fifteen years after the United Nations millennium goals were set, we look at how far the world has come with regard to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.