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

12 April 2024 – 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

  • Wolbachia infection-responsive immune genes suppress Plasmodium falciparum infection in Anopheles stephensi – Link

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • UCF research holds promise for fighting malaria – Link


  • Modelling spatiotemporal variation in under-five malaria risk in Ghana in 2016–2021 – Link
  • Spatiotemporal distribution and bionomics of Anopheles stephensi in different eco-epidemiological settings in Ethiopia Link

Drug resistance

  • Insights and challenges of insecticide resistance modelling in malaria vectors: a review – Link


  • Liberia receives 89K doses of malaria vaccines Link
  • Message by the Director of the Department of Immunization, vaccines and biologicals at WHO – March 2024 Link


  • Boosting surveillance, response for vector-borne diseases – Link

Elimination progress

  • Celebrating a Polio-free India, dreaming of a Polio-free world – Link
  • Interventions for the elimination and prevention of re-establishment of malaria Link
  • Poliovirus near extinction in Pakistan, Afghanistan, health experts say – Link
  • Polio ‘is cornered’ in Pakistan and Afghanistan amid global drive to wipe out virus – Link 


  • UNICEF Zimbabwe Humanitarian Situation Report No. 4 (Polio Response) – 12 April 2024 – Link

Climate and Health

  • Reflections from COP28: Resisting healthwashing in climate change negotiations Link
  • Advancing the climate change and health nexus: The 2024 Agenda Link
  • To achieve the global goal on health, place health at the heart of climate action Link
  • Climate change: A driver of increasing vector-borne disease transmission in non-endemic areas Link
  • Climate change boosts infectious disease spread, hits the vulnerable hardest Link | Link to Paper


  • Unraveling Lymphatic Filariasis in an old man: a case report Link
  • Association of haemato-biochemical indices and blood composite ratios with microfilaridermia in Onchocerciasis patients Link
  • World Health Day: President Sheikh Mohamed says UAE to focus on providing best care Link
  • A severe case of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in a traveler returning from Kazakhstan, a malaria-free country Link
  • Admission of participants to the DOLF clinical trial on ‘River Blindness’ kicks off Link
  • National Lymphatic Filariasis Mass Drug Administration review and strategic planning meeting held Link
  • New global health and gender policy brief: malaria and most vulnerable populations Link
  • Heterogeneity in elimination efforts could increase the risk of resurgence of lymphatic filariasis in Madagascar Link
  • Maintaining the region of the Americas free of polio: best practices for incident management support teams Link | Link to Paper
  • Postintervention immunological and entomological survey of Lymphatic Filariasis in the city of Olinda, Brazil, 2015–2016 Link
  • Ministers of Health commit to accelerated action against malaria in Africa Link
  • Act | East Expands Support to Three Additional States in Nigeria Link


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