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

19 December 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.


Vector Control

  • Screening eaves of houses reduces indoor mosquito density in rural, western Kenya – Link
  • Study reveals biological effectiveness of insecticidal malaria nets’ gets ineffective after a year – Link | Link to paper
  • Impact evaluation of long-lasting insecticidal nets distribution campaign on malaria cases reported at outpatient departments across all the regions in Ghana – Link
  • A missed opportunity? Anopheles stephensi in Africa – Link

Drug and Vaccine Development

  • New oral polio vaccine creates antibody: study – Link
  • Infectious malaria sporozoites produced without mosquitoes provide ground-breaking progress for malaria vaccines and biology research – Link | Link to paper
  • mRNA vaccines show promise against malaria – Link | Link to paper

Drug Resistance

  • Natural plant diet impacts phenotypic expression of pyrethroid resistance in Anopheles mosquitoes – Link
  • Molecular surveillance of artemisinin resistance-related Pfk13 and pfcrt polymorphisms in imported Plasmodium falciparum isolates reported in eastern China from 2015 to 2019 – Link
  • Relationships between biological age, distance from aquatic habitats and pyrethroid resistance status of Anopheles funestus mosquitoes in south-eastern Tanzania – Link


  • Reaching every child with vaccines in communities at risk of polio disease – Link
  • WHO supports nationwide integrated immunization campaign in the midst of drought: 2.61 million children vaccinated against measles and polio – Link
  • Half-a-billion novel Polio vaccines administered – Link


  • CDC expanding wastewater testing for polio – Link
  • Which trap is best? Alternatives to outdoor human landing catches for malaria vector surveillance: a meta-analysis – Link

Elimination Progress

  • Accelerating efforts to combat Neglected Tropical Diseases in Liberia – Link
  • Polio experts eye clear tactics in final push to achieve success – Link
  • Ugandan community thrives in absence of disease – Link
  • Three countries report more polio cases – Link
  • Effective measures likely to eradicate polio from Pakistan by 2023: UNICEF – Link
  • Zambian, Namibian, and Angolan faith leaders from FLAME—Faith Leader Advocacy for Malaria Elimination – gather to strategize around accelerating malaria elimination through advocacy – Link

Climate and Health

  • Opinion: Why climate-resilient health systems are key to health for all – Link
  • Understanding climate change, health, and food security: Climate change and health – Link


  • The Mwele Malecela Mentorship Programme for Women in Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) – Link
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative implements gender equality strategy in Zimbabwe’s polio fight – Link
  • Reactive focal drug administration associated with decreased malaria transmission in an elimination setting: Serological evidence from the cluster-randomized CoRE study – Link
  • Renewed malaria push needed after COVID-19 setback – Link
  • Rwanda: Call for pregnant women to be a priority in fight against malaria – Dr Karema – Link
  • Impact of malaria control interventions on malaria infection and anaemia in low malaria transmission settings: a cross-sectional population-based study in Sudan – Link
  • Epidemiology of malaria from 2019 to 2021 in the southeastern city of Franceville, Gabon – Link
  • World Malaria Report 2021 – Link
  • Despite continued impact of COVID-19, malaria cases and deaths remained stable in 2021 – Link
  • Nigeria accounts for highest global malaria deaths in 2021 – WHO Report – Link
  • Japan provides US$ 3.87 million new grants for polio eradication efforts in Pakistan – Link
  • Apical anchorage and stabilization of subpellicular microtubules by apical polar ring ensures Plasmodium ookinete infection in mosquito – Link
  • A qualitative study on community perceptions on quality of healthcare services they received in the Malaria Elimination Demonstration Project in district Mandla, India – Link

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