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

30 May 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

  • Ivermectin metabolites reduce Anopheles survivalLink


  • Lymphatic filariasis endgame strategies: Using GEOFIL to model mass drug administration and targeted surveillance and treatment strategies in American SamoaLink

Drug resistance

  • New gene linked to Malaria parasite’s chloroquine resistanceLink | Link to Paper


  • Africa’s largest polio vaccination drive since 2020 targets 21 million children Link
  • Polio eradication campaign deploys needle-free vaccinations Link
  • Sub-national immunization campaign launched to reach 23 million children Link


  • Poor performance of malaria rapid diagnostic tests for the detection of Plasmodium malariae among returned international travellers in ChinaLink
  • Analytical approaches for antimalarial antibody responses to confirm historical and recent malaria transmission: an example from the PhilippinesLink

Elimination progress

  • One world: coming together, to achieve one common goalLink 

Climate and Health

  • Regional initiative to tackle health impacts of climate change in Africa launched Link
  • Addressing climate change: supplement to the WHO water, sanitation and hygiene strategy 2018-2025 Link
  • WHO issues urgent call for global climate action to create resilient and sustainable health systems Link
  • Global Initiative Funds nine winning projects from eight countries to advance climate-infectious disease research for COP28 showcase Link


  • Seasonal malaria chemoprevention with sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine plus amodiaquine in children: a field guide Link
  • Africa Day: Celebrating progress in Africa on neglected tropical diseases Link
  • Polio eradication is a global challenge Link
  • Perceptions and acceptability of the controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) model in The Gambia: a qualitative study Link
  • Peshawar: Two environmental samples test positive for poliovirus  Link
  • Seeing malaria through the eyes of affected communities: using photovoice to document local knowledge on zoonotic malaria causation and prevention practices among rural communities exposed to Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in Northern Borneo Island Link
  • Attention to skin-related neglected tropical diseases Link
  • Burden and factors associated with onchocerciasis transmission among school-aged children after more than 20 years of Community Directed Treatment with Ivermectin in Ulanga district, Tanzania: A school-based cross-sectional study Link
  • Global health progress has stagnated, putting countless lives at risk, WHO warns Link
  • In Zamfara, a polio survivor leverages experience to mobilize support for vaccination against the virus Link
  • Contribution to the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) for the Third Phase Link
  • Nagasaki Outcome Statement” to accelerate progress on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) for G7 Health Ministers Link
  • Stakeholders Commit to a rewed strategic framework on Polio transition Link
  • Polio: As of today, the world’s only public health emergency of international concern Link
  • The Global Fund commits nearly US$1 million in emergency funding to help avoid malaria surge in Mozambique Link
  • G7 Health Ministers call for global support to achieving lasting polio-free world by 2026 Link


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