Roundup of articles and publications on the latest innovations in malaria, polio, lymphatic filariasis, and onchocerciasis

10 November 2022 – Below we feature a compilation of headlines, scientific articles, and technical reports on innovations, R&D and elimination progress towards polio, malaria, onchocerciasis, and lymphatic filariasis. We will be publishing these updates bi-weekly and hope they are useful.


Vector Control

  • VECTRON™ T500, a new broflanilide insecticide for indoor residual spraying, provides prolonged control of pyrethroid-resistant malaria vectorsLink
  • The need for larval source management accompanying urban development projects in malaria endemic areas: a case study on Bioko IslandLink

Drug and vaccine development

  • Structure-guided insights into potential function of novel genetic variants in the malaria vaccine candidate PfRh5Link

Drug resistance

  • Invasive Asian mosquito ‘can survive anywhere,’ could alter malaria landscape in AfricaLink | Link to Paper


  • The campaign against polio has been extended in Alto Tietê . publicationsLink
  • PharmaJet Needle-free system selected to deliver intradermal polio vaccine in Nigerian campaignLink
  • Uganda starts nationwide polio vaccination exerciseLink


  • Integrated xenosurveillance of Loa loa, Wuchereria bancrofti, Mansonella perstans and Plasmodium falciparum using mosquito carcasses and faeces: A pilot study in CameroonLink
  • No suspected polio case is too hard-to-reach for investigation and follow up in EthiopiaLink

Elimination progress

  • Increasing global efforts to reduce the risk of polio resurgenceLink
  • The presence of Plasmodium malariae and Plasmodium knowlesi in near malaria elimination setting in western IndonesiaLink
  • Zero malaria: a mirage or reality for populations of sub-Saharan Africa in health transitionLink
  • Perspectives: Malaria Elimination in China and Sustainability Concerns in the Post-elimination StageLink
  • Local interventions crucial to getting back on track to achieve malaria elimination targetsLink

Climate and Health

  • Climate change affects mosquito behaviour. This may make it harder to end malaria in South AfricaLink
  • World at risk: How malaria, dengue could spread due to climate changeLink
  • Climate change to bring more mosquitoes, infectious diseases and heat related deathsLink
  • The 2022 Europe report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: towards a climate resilient futureLink
  • WHO and WMO launch a new knowledge platform for climate and healthLink


  • Persistence of onchocerciasis in villages in Enugu and Ogun states in Nigeria following many rounds of mass distribution of ivermectinLink
  • Assessment of factors related to individuals who were never treated during mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis in Ambon City, IndonesiaLink
  • Identification of the onchocerciasis vector in the Kakoi-Koda focus of the Democratic Republic of CongoLink
  • D is for Decolonize: Sitting down with Luis PizarroLink
  • Achieving malaria testing and treatment targets for children under five in Mozambique: a cost-effectiveness analysisLink
  • Impact of aerial humidity on seasonal malaria: an ecological study in ZambiaLink
  • GHIT Fund Announces New Investments: A Total of 790 Million Yen for Product Development of Neglected Tropical DiseasesLink
  • Malaria attributable fractions with changing transmission intensity: Bayesian latent class vs logistic modelsLink
  • The prognostic and diagnostic value of intraleukocytic malaria pigment in patients with severe falciparum malariaLink
  • A prospective cohort study of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in three sites of Western KenyaLink
  • Tracking malaria parasites in space and timeLink | Link to Paper
  • Dominican Republic issues alert for risk of increased infectious diseases due rains and floodsLink
  • Joint statement by WHO-UNICEF-ROTARY on World Polio DayLink
  • Statement of the Thirty-third Polio IHR Emergency CommitteeLink


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