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

14 June 2023 – 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

  • BOHEMIA a cluster randomized trial to assess the impact of an endectocide-based one health approach to malaria in Mozambique: baseline demographics and key malaria indicatorsLink


  • Population pharmacokinetic model of ivermectin in mass drug administration against lymphatic filariasisLink
  • Predicting the risk of malaria re-introduction in countries certified malaria-free: a systematic reviewLink

Drug and vaccine development

Drug resistance

  • Assessment of genetic polymorphisms associated with malaria antifolate resistance among the population of Libreville, GabonLink
  • Two transporters enable chloroquine resistance in malariaLink
  • Insecticide resistance of Anopheles sinensis after elimination of malaria in Henan Province, ChinaLink


  • We finally have malaria vaccines. The next hurdle: Distributing them. Link
  • Burundi launches first Polio vaccination campaign in I0 years Link
  • UNICEF and WHO Representatives visit Henderson clinic to ensure quality of Polio vaccination campaign in Zimbabwe Link
  • Sub-national immunization campaign launched to reach 23 million children Link


  • Surveillance to track progress toward Poliomyelitis eradication — Worldwide, 2021–2022Link
  • Genomic-informed pathogen surveillance in Africa: opportunities and challengesLink


  • Assessment of polio outbreak response in Ukraine brings country major step closer to official closure of the outbreakLink

Climate and Health

  • Focus on health for global adaptation to climate change Link
  • Launch of consultative process towards REACH 2035 Agenda: Research for Action on Climate Change and Health Link
  • NIH funds first climate and health research coordinating center Link


  • What are the pathways between poverty and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa? A systematic review of mediation studies Link 
  • Stronger defense: symptomatic malaria provides durable protection against reinfection Link | Link to Paper
  • Researchers zero in on a potential new target for malaria: Biological clocks Link | Link to Paper
  • Asymptomatic immunodeficiency-associated vaccine-derived poliovirus infections in two UK children Link
  • Community engagement among forest goers in a malaria prophylaxis trial: implementation challenges and implications Link
  • Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme Partners’ Meeting, 12–13 June 2023 Link 
  • New platform to study how pathogens carrying mosquitoes impact and infect human cells and tissues Link | Link to Paper
  • Opportunities and challenges of leveraging COVID-19 vaccine innovation and technologies for developing sustainable vaccine manufacturing capabilities in Africa Link
  • Natural killer cells and antibodies versus malaria Link
  • Prevalence of and risk factors for microscopic and submicroscopic malaria infections in pregnancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis Link
  • Ghana Health Service launches mass drug administration Link


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