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

28 February 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

  • Kenya launches rapid diagnostic kits for testing Covid, malaria – Link


Vector Control

  • A UC malaria initiative program receives grant for work researching genetically engineered mosquitoes – Link
  • Super-mosquito drives new malaria surge across Africa – Link



  • Zanzibar is using drones to take the fight to malaria mosquitoes – Link


Drug Resistance

  • South Africa’s mRNA hub progress is foundation for self-reliance – Link



  • Rajasthan to administer polio vaccine to children on Sunday – Link
  • Afghanistan launches polio vaccine drive targeting 9.1 million kids – Link
  • Yemen’s polio vaccination campaign aims to inoculate 2.4 million children – Link
  • 2022 Pakistan polio vaccinations key to eradication goal: Gates – Link
  • 2.15 lakh kids to receive polio vaccine in district – Link



  • Kenya on high alert after Malawi detects Polio case – Link
  • Improving the surveillance and response system to achieve and maintain malaria elimination: a retrospective analysis in Jiangsu Province, China – Link


Elimination Progress

  • Nepal to use ivermectin to stamp out filariasis – Link



  • Wild poliovirus type 1 detected in Lilongwe, Malawi – Link



  • Community views on mass drug administration for filariasis: a qualitative evidence synthesis – Link | Link to paper
  • EMRO Regional Subcommittee on Polio Eradication and Outbreaks holds fourth meeting – Link


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