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

17 January 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.



Diagnostic Testing and Treatment

  • Developing low-cost microscopes for early malaria detection – Link


Vector Control

  • Mosquitoes’ mating game discovery provides new clues to combat malaria – Link | Link to paper
  • Swedish scientists have developed synthetic ‘blood’ to attract and kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes – Link
  • Tracking mosquito species with large-scale acoustic data – Link


Drug and Vaccine Development

  • First in human trial for new drug targeting LF and onchocerciasis starts in Liverpool – Link



  • Uganda to immunize over 8 mln children against polio – Link



  • Measuring impact of drugs on global health can aid in identifying shortcomings – Link | Link to paper



  • To sustain malaria-free status: DOH-6 beefs up surveillance – Link


Elimination Progress

  • Malaria elimination and achieving SDG 3 by 2030 amidst COVID-19 – Link
  • The last lap to be polio-free – Link



  • UPDATE: Nigeria reports 395 cases of mutant poliovirus – Link
  • Nigeria causing vaccine-derived poliovirus spread to neighbouring countries – WHO – Link
  • Bells ring over possible malaria outbreak – Link



  • Epidemiological serosurvey of poliovirus in Guangdong, China: A cross-sectional study – Link
  • 72 million people to miss treatment for NTDs due to UK aid cuts – Link
  • Impact of lymphatic filariasis on affected community- all you need to know – Link
  • River blindness elimination signals need for partnership and persistence – Link


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