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

29 July 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.


Vector Control

  • Mosquitoes spread malaria. These researchers want them to fight it insteadLink | Link to Paper

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Novel noninvasive test for malaria does not require a blood sampleLink
  • Diagnostic performance of PfHRP2/pLDH malaria rapid diagnostic tests in elimination setting, northwest EthiopiaLink

 Drug resistance

  • Antimalarial mass drug administration in large populations and the evolution of drug resistanceLink


  • Temporal and spatial distribution trends of polio vaccine coverage in less than one-year old children in Brazil, 2011–2021 Link


  • Africa CDC, WHO and RKI Launch a Health Security Partnership to Strengthen Disease Surveillance in AfricaLink 

Elimination progress

  • WHO: Afghanistan, Pakistan Close to eradicating Polio Link
  • Status of Onchocerciasis elimination in Gabon and challenges: a systematic reviewLink
  • Mekong Malaria Elimination: epidemiology summary, volume 21, January–March 2023Link
  • How to avoid causing polio in the name of its eradicationLink


  • Outbreak response assessments boost polio preparedness, one health facility at a timeLink 

Climate and Health  

  • Amid climate change, mosquitoes migrate; will malaria follow?Link


  • Individual longitudinal compliance to neglected tropical disease mass drug administration programmes, a systematic review Link
  • Impact of malaria diagnostic choice on monitoring of Plasmodium falciparum prevalence estimates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and relevance to control programs in high-burden countries Link
  • Malaria diagnosis in rural healthcare facilities and treatment-seeking behavior in malaria endemic settings in western Kenya Link
  • Applying community health systems lenses to identify determinants of access to surgery among mobile & migrant populations with hydrocele in Zambia: A mixed methods assessment Link
  • Unite, act, eliminate: Mobilising Africa’s response against neglected tropical diseases Link
  • The malaria blood stage antigen PfCyRPA formulated with the TLR-4 agonist adjuvant GLA-SE elicits parasite growth inhibitory antibodies in experimental animals Link


Please contact us with comments and feedback.