Paris: In order to eradicate the menace of AIDS and HIV, more money, less waste and smarter programmes are urgently needed UNAIDS said on Friday ahead of the disease’s 30th anniversary.

“The number of people becoming infected and dying is decreasing, but the international resources needed to sustain this progress have declined for the first time in 10 years, despite tremendous unmet needs,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned.

“We have a long way to go to prevent new HIV infections, end discrimination and scale up treatment, care and support,” he said in a foreword to the report.

The 139-page document, “AIDS at 30: Nations at the Crossroads,” coincides with the anniversary on June 5 of a 1981 report by US epidemiologists describing the case of five young homosexuals whose immune systems had been destroyed.

That condition, later named acquired immune deficiency syndrome, has since killed nearly 30 million people, and more than 33 million others have the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes it, according to UNAIDS estimates.

The UN General Assembly in New York will hold a high-level meeting from June 8-10 to assess progress in the campaign.

UNAIDS painted a tableau of early setbacks and later successes in the fight against a complex disease.

It hailed in particular “dramatic gains” in getting AIDS drugs -- once the preserve of rich economies – to patients in poor countries.

(Agencies)