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

30 April 2024 – 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

  • Field evaluation of the residual efficacy of new generation insecticides for potential use in indoor residual spray programmes in South Africa – Link
  • Perceived needs of disease vector control programs: A review and synthesis of (sub)national assessments from South Asia and the Middle East – Link
  • New nets prevent 13 million malaria cases in sub-Saharan Africa – Link

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Field sensitivity and specificity of the SD BIOLINE onchocerciasis IgG4 Rapid Diagnostic Test in children <10 years old from endemic areas in Burkina Faso – Link


  • Reducing the antigen prevalence target threshold for stopping and restarting Mass Drug Administration for Lymphatic Filariasis elimination: A model-based cost-effectiveness simulation in Tanzania, India and Haiti – Link
  • An ensemble framework for projecting the impact of Lymphatic Filariasis interventions across Sub-Saharan Africa at a fine spatial scale – Link
  • Addressing malaria and other vector-borne diseases through GIS: Insights and resources – Link
  • Accelerating progress towards the 2030 Neglected Tropical Diseases targets: How can quantitative modeling support programmatic decisions? – Link

Elimination progress

  • Progress towards elimination of onchocerciasis in the Region du Sud-Ouest of Burkina Faso which was previously subject to a recrudescence event after vector control – Link
  • Polio eradication is within reach: here’s what it will take to get there – Link
  • 50 years of impact: how polio eradication and EPI demonstrate what is humanly possible – Link
  • Africa: How can we achieve a malaria-free world? – Link
  • Eliminating malaria in our time – Link
  • Africa: Time for business unusual – can philanthropy be the catalyst required to achieving malaria elimination? – Link
  • Elimination of malaria and prevention of re-establishment in Sri Lanka – Link
  • T.N. now closer to elimination of filariasis – Link

Climate and Health

  • Climate change highlights risk of malaria resurgence Link


  • Closing the gap: the Afghan women gaining ground against vaccine refusals and zero dose children – Link
  • An updated economic assessment of moxidectin treatment strategies for Onchocerciasis elimination – Link
  • Stopping polio in Yemen, one step at a time – Link
  • ‘Reaching the Last Mile’ announces AED55 million commitment to Global Institute for Disease Elimination – Link
  • World Malaria Day 2024: “Accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world” – Link
  • DNDi receives grant to develop treatments for NTDs – Link
  • Global Malaria Programme operational strategy 2024-2030 – Link 
  • Two new malaria vaccines are being rolled out across Africa: how they work and what they promise – Link
  • Opinion: Why the silence on the shortfall in malaria vaccine doses? – Link
  • Factors associated with malaria vaccine uptake in Nsanje district, Malawi – Link


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