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

30 November 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

  • Simple soap solution could be a game-changer in the fight against malariaLink | Link to Paper

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • WHO releases priorities for research and development of age-appropriate medicines for treatment of neglected tropical diseasesLink
  • Diagnostic performance of ultrasensitive rapid diagnostic test for the detection of Plasmodium falciparum infections in asymptomatic individuals in Kisangani, Northeast Democratic Republic of CongoLink
  • Paediatric drug optimization for neglected tropical diseases: meeting report, September 2023 Link

Drug resistance

  • New approaches in the fight against drug resistance in malariaLink | Link to Paper
  • Distribution of Plasmodium falciparum K13 gene polymorphisms across transmission settings in GhanaLink
  • Culex quinquefasciatus and Culex tarsalis: report of a multi-centre laboratory study and WHO expert consultationsLink


  • Health Minister inaugurates third nationwide polio drive of 2023 Link
  • First Malaria vaccines arrive in Cameroon Link
  • Shipments to African countries herald final steps toward broader vaccination against malaria Link
  • RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine pilot implementation in western Kenya: a qualitative longitudinal study to understand immunisation barriers and optimise uptake Link


  • The use of solar power in the fight to end PolioLink 

Elimination progress

  • Uniting Efforts to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases in ZimbabweLink
  • Ghana to Eliminate NTDs By 2030 – Dr Chrysantus KubioLink
  • Polio is on the brink of eradication. Here’s how to keep it from coming backLink

Climate and Health

  • Climate and health strategies must take vaccination into account Link
  • Communiqué on climate change, neglected tropical diseases and malaria Link
  • Pakistan’s fight to end polio amid the climate crisis Link
  • Health needs to be front and centre of national plans to fight climate change Link
  • Opinion: How the climate-health connection shapes global development Link 
  • Global health community calls for urgent action on climate and health at COP28 Link
  • Impact of climate change on tropical diseases to be studied Link
  • Global Fund Board Hails Recovery in Fight Against HIV, TB and Malaria After COVID-19 Setbacks, Commits to Strengthen Investments in Climate-Resilient Health Systems Link
  • Lancet Countdown report calls for climate-driven health action Link


  • Ebere Okereke: driving the new public health order in AfricaLink
  • Assessing risk factors for malaria and schistosomiasis among children in Misungwi, Tanzania, an area of co-endemicity: A mixed methods study Link
  • UNICEF Guinea Humanitarian Situation Report No. 2 (Polio Response) and Factsheet, 15 November 2023 Link
  • Systematic review of sporozoite infection rate of Anopheles mosquitoes in Ethiopia, 2001–2021 Link
  • Malaria: two groundbreaking vaccines have been developed, but access and rollout are still big stumbling blocks Link
  • WHO releases priorities for research and development of age-appropriate medicines for treatment of neglected tropical diseases Link
  • “Whenever I tell her to wear slippers, she turns a deaf ear. She never listens”: a qualitative descriptive research on the barriers to basic lymphedema management and quality of life in lymphatic filariasis patients in a rural block of eastern India Link
  • Gates Foundation awards the Malaria Atlas Project $16 million Link
  • FCTA begins 2023 integrated polio immunisation Link
  • Non-adherence to ivermectin in onchocerciasis-endemic communities with persistent infection in the Bono Region of Ghana: a mixed-methods study Link
  • The Global Fund Welcomes the Anne and Chris Flowers Foundation’s Contribution for Cross-border Malaria Elimination in Southern Africa Link


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