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

28 February 2023 – 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

  • RAT test for ‘hidden’ malaria one step closer to developmentLink
  • Assessment of the drugability of initial malaria infection through miniaturized sporozoite assays and high-throughput screeningLink


  • Contextual determinants of mass drug administration performance: Modelling fourteen years of lymphatic filariasis treatments in West AfricaLink
  • Evaluating elimination thresholds and stopping criteria for interventions against the vector-borne macroparasitic disease, lymphatic filariasis, using mathematical modellingLink
  • Climatic, land-use and socio-economic factors can predict malaria dynamics at fine spatial scales relevant to local health actors: Evidence from rural MadagascarLink


  • Over 33 million children vaccinated against wild poliovirus in southern Africa  – Link
  • African leaders call for urgent action to revitalize routine immunizationLink
  • Over 1.1m vaccinated against polioLink
  • Botswana: Oral Polio Vaccination CampaignLink


  • Wastewater offers clues to emerging diseasesLink

Elimination progress

  • Choosing the Right Path toward Polio EradicationLink

Climate and Health

  • Climate change has pushed malaria mosquitoes to find dangerous new groundLink | Link to Paper


  • Alarm as researchers discover a dangerous malaria vector in KenyaLink
  • Ethiopia commemorates World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day with the resonating call to accelerate action to end the needless suffering of the most vulnerableLink
  • Challenges of implementation of the preventive chemotherapy neglected tropical diseases programme in GhanaLink
  • Let’s redouble efforts to eradicate all neglected tropical diseasesLink
  • Young people key in the fight against NTDsLink


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