U.N. appeals for $3.2 billion to meet 2015 malaria eradication goals

Ray Chambers, the U.N. secretary-general's special envoy for malaria, has made an appeal for $3.2 billion to try to reach the goal of near-zero malaria deaths by 2015.

Chambers spoke at a news conference on Monday, citing the major progress the world has made against malaria by using insecticide spray, bed nets and drugs. The campaign against malaria has raised more than $6 billion in the last six years, Associated Press reports.

"Now we have to raise $3.2 billion to get us to the point of having a chance to be at near zero deaths by 2015," Chambers said, according to Associated Press.

Princess Astrid of Belgium, a special representative for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, said that more than 90 percent of malaria cases occur in Africa.

"Every time I meet patients, my main message is malaria is preventable and treatable but prevention and treatment require tremendous efforts and funding," Astrid said, according to Associated Press.

The conference was held two days ahead of World Malaria Day, which occurs on Wednesday. A December report by the World Health Organization using figures from 2010 said that malaria deaths have decreased by more than one-third. Chambers said that since then, the world has delivered approximately 160 million additional bed nets.