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

15 November 2021 – 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

  • Namibia aiming to eliminate malaria through eco-friendly preventive strategies – Link
  • The U.S. Government launches indoor spraying campaign to protect 850,000 people from malaria – Link
  • Malawi rolls out effort to prevent malaria spread – Link
  • Tanzania: War against malaria Samia seeks recognition of Tz efforts – Link


Diagnostic Testing and Treatment

  • Safety of mass drug coadministration with ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine, albendazole, and azithromycin for the integrated treatment of neglected tropical diseases: a cluster randomized community trial – Link 
  • Towards the next generation of antimalaria combination therapies – Link
  • Innovative diagnostics are key to achieving the 2030 targets for neglected tropical diseases – Link



  • Recommended reporting items for epidemic forecasting and prediction research: The EPIFORGE 2020 guidelines – Link
  • WHO unveils new analytical tools on the ESPEN data portal – Link


Drug and Vaccine Development


Drug Resistance

  • Mass drug administration for the acceleration of malaria elimination in a region of Myanmar with artemisinin-resistant falciparum malaria: a cluster-randomised trial – Link



  • WHO, UNICEF launch polio vaccination campaign in Afghanistan with Taliban support – Link



  • Development and validation of a framework to improve neglected tropical diseases surveillance and response at sub-national levels in Kenya – Link
  • Polio Surveillance in Namibia – Link


Elimination Progress

  • No polio detected in Tajikistan since third round of supplemental immunization – Link
  • The seven steps South Africa is taking to get it closer to eliminating malaria – Link



  • Malaria outbreak: Limpopo authorities on the lookout after deaths – Link



  • Unexpected Antibody Type Found in People with Malaria Infections – Link | Link to paper
  • The global burden of Plasmodium vivax malaria is obscure and insidious – Link | Link to paper
  • PAHO awards Malaria Champions of the Americas for 2021, launches Multisectoral Action Guide to support fight against the disease- Link
  • Malaria: New knowledge about naturally acquired immunity may improve vaccines – Link | Link to paper


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