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

30 June 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

  • How genetically modified mosquitoes could eradicate malariaLink
  • Estimating malaria transmission risk through surveillance of human–vector interactions in northern GhanaLink

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Pharmacokinetics of ivermectin metabolites and their activity against Anopheles stephensi mosquitoesLink
  • Cancer drugs show potential in fight against malariaLink | Link to Paper

Drug and vaccine development


  • Malaria’s modelling problemLink
  • Comparing field-collected versus remotely-sensed variables to model malaria risk in the highlands of western UgandaLink
  • Geo-tracking system enhances polio response in CongoLink 

Drug resistance

  • Malaria deaths fall, but vector resistance to insecticides a worrying trendLink


  • Bill Gates commits $7bn to support immunization against polio in Africa Link
  • Anti-polio campaign to begin in KP as environmental samples test positive Link

Elimination progress

  • Belize becomes second Central American country to be certified malaria-free by WHOLink
  • Malaria in Brazil: Elimination by 2030 a country priorityLink 


  • 5 people have acquired malaria in the US. They’re the first in 20 years.Link

Climate and Health

  • Five questions for African countries that want to build climate-resilient health systems Link
  • In-depth: How climate change affects health in Africa: Link
  • Why climate change health policy needs ethics to achieve health equity and climate justice—a call to action Link
  • Robust health systems could stem climate-related rising cases of malaria Link
  • Strengthening health system responses to climate risks in multilateral processes Link
  • Effects of climate change on soil health resulting in an increased global spread of neglected tropical diseases Link


  • Association between altered cognition and Loa loa microfilaremia: First evidence from a cross-sectional study in a rural area of the Republic of Congo Link
  • The intersecting challenges of conflict- and climate-related internal displacement for neglected tropical disease programmes. Link | Link to Paper
  • Impact of a bi-annual community-directed treatment with ivermectin programme on the incidence of epilepsy in an onchocerciasis-endemic area of Mahenge, Tanzania: A population-based prospective study Link
  • Monetary value of disability-adjusted life years and potential productivity losses associated with neglected tropical diseases in the East African community Link
  • Response to Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses detected through environmental surveillance, Guatemala, 2019 Link
  • Malaria: highlights from research Link
  • Pandemic paralysis: COVID-19 halts neglected tropical disease campaigns, study reveals solutions Link | Link to Paper
  • A new toolkit for WASH programmes Link
  • ADNIC announces strategic partnership with Reach campaign Link | Link to Paper
  • A systematic review of mixed studies on malaria in Colombia 1980–2022: what the “bifocal vision” discovers Link
  • The epic story of our best malaria drug Link
  • Disorient malaria parasite to prevent harm Link | Link to Paper


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