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

30 April 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

  • Comparative study of the effect of solvents on the efficacy of neonicotinoid insecticides against malaria vector populations across Africa. – Link


Drug and vaccine development

  • Vaccine-derived polio is on the rise. A new vaccine aims to stop the spread. – Link
  • The World Health Organization approves a new polio vaccine for emergency use. – Link


  • Health Ministry launches polio vaccination campaign for children, teens. – Link
  • Telling the full story of polio vaccination: Nearly 30 million cases of paralysis prevented. – Link | Link to Paper
  • Second round Polio vaccination begins in Malawi – Link
  • Using the power of sports to advocate for children’s vaccination and polio eradication – Link
  • The United States and Mozambique partner to complete first round of polio vaccination campaign – Link
  • Ethiopia kicks off the second-round polio campaign with the new tool “nOPV2 vaccine” to tackle an ongoing polio outbreak – Link

Elimination progress

  • Comprehensive outbreak response successfully stops spread of polio in Tajikistan – Link
  • Ethiopia could be free of lymphatic filariasis in three years after UAE-led initiative – Link
  • Malaria elimination: South Africa needs to regroup and refocus to get there – Link
  • How Bhutan, East Timor can get back on track to eliminating malaria – Link
  • Priorities of China’s participation in global malaria elimination: the perspective of malaria endemic countries – Link


  • Circulating vaccine derived polio virus type 1 outbreak, Saadah governorate, Yemen, 2020 – Link
  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 3 – Israel – Link


  • Q&A: Women locked in care cycle as COVID-19 diverts funds – Link
  • Abu Dhabi: $22.5 million boost for Reaching the Last Mile Fund campaign – Link
  • Reducing malaria by increasing community awareness – Link
  • World Malaria Day – More must be done to improve malaria response at the local level – Link
  •  Q&A: Focus on vulnerable communities to achieve malaria elimination – Link
  • World Malaria Day 2022 – Link
  • Malaria in 2022: a year of opportunity – Link
  • Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) meeting (March 2022) – Link
  • Prompt and precise identification of various sources of infection in response to the prevention of malaria re-establishment in China – Link
  • EAC Member States launch initiative to curb malaria – Link
  • Mwelecele Ntuli Malecela – Link
  • Kenya blames single country efforts for upsurge in malaria cases in East Africa – Link


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