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

17 October 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.


Diagnostic Testing & Treatment

  • Implementation of field detection devices for antimalarial quality screening in Lao PDR—A cost-effectiveness analysis – Link
  • Treating everyone for malaria: does it eliminate the disease? – Link | Link to paper


Drug and Vaccine Development

  • Novartis and Medicines for Malaria Venture report positive results for Phase 2b study of novel ganaplacide/lumefantrine combination in children with malaria – Link
  • WHO recommends groundbreaking malaria vaccine for children at risk – Link
  • Independent experts advise move to next use phase for novel oral polio vaccine type 2 – Link



  • Enugu community records mass polio vaccination – Link



  • Molecular surveillance of malaria scales up – Link


Elimination Progress

  • Polio eradication: what kind of world do we want? – Link
  • UNICEF sees end of polio in Pakistan – Link



  • Polio case confirmed in toddler from Rivne Oblast, Ukraine – Link



  • Risk factors for the spread of vaccine-derived type 2 polioviruses after global withdrawal of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine and the effects of outbreak responses with monovalent vaccine: a retrospective analysis of surveillance data for 51 countries in Africa – Link
  • Prevalence and characteristics of malaria among COVID-19 individuals: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and analysis of case reports – Link
  • An update on the mosquito fauna and mosquito-borne diseases distribution in Cameroon – Link
  • Lymphatic filariasis vaccine development: neglected for how long? – Link
  • A qualitative study on the implementation of a holistic care package for control and management of lymphoedema: experience from a pilot intervention in northern Ethiopia – Link


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