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

30 April 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

  • Burden of mosquito-borne diseases across rural versus urban areas in Cameroon between 2002 and 2021: prospective for community-oriented vector management approachesLink

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Malaria chemopreventionLink
  • Monoclonal antibodies for malaria preventionLink


  • Application of mathematical modelling to inform national malaria intervention planning in NigeriaLink


  • Botswana vaccinates 3,70,000 children against polio: OfficialLink
  • More African countries set to approve malaria shot; 20 million doses ready in 2023Link
  • Vaccination on wheels for nomadic childrenLink
  • New Malaria vaccine gains second approvalLink
  • First-ever Malaria vaccine approved for use in Ghana. Malaria kills 620,000 annuallyLink


  • Reactive surveillance and response strategies for malaria elimination in Myanmar: a literature reviewLink

Elimination progress

  • 2023: A Critical Year for polio eradication efforts in northern NigeriaLink
  • UAE Press: Eliminating malaria is a reachable goalLink
  • Is Malaria elimination feasible in Nigeria?Link
  • Eliminating a disease is rare: GPEI leadership on polio eradication in PakistanLink


  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) – BurundiLink
  • Circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) – IndonesiaLink
  • New Polio Cases ConfirmedLink

Climate and Health

  • Malaria elimination held back by climate change Link
  • Risks posed by mosquito-borne disease as climate changes assessedLink


  • Can Nigeria deal with its burden of neglected tropical diseases? Link
  • World Malaria Day – Countries must step up efforts to reach vulnerable populations, PAHO Director says Link
  • Molecular biology laboratory inaugurated in the Dominican Republic Link
  • Community health workers lead the fight against malaria in Rwanda Link
  • WHO urges increased implementation of recommended tools to combat malaria Link
  • World Malaria Day 2023 Link
  • Altitude, not potential larval habitat availability, explains pronounced variation in Plasmodium falciparum infection prevalence in the western Kenya highlands Link
  • Oxford malaria vaccine rollout could have ‘major’ implications in sub-Saharan Africa, economist says Link
  • WHO releases three online products to support implementation of NTD programmes Link
  •  Drop in childhood vaccinations amid COVID-19 disruption: UNICEF Link
  • “It was just the perfect storm for malaria” – Pakistan responds to surge in cases following the 2022 floods Link


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