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

30 October 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

  • Spatial–temporal vector abundance and malaria transmission dynamics in Nchelenge and Lake Mweru islands, a region with a high burden of malaria in northern Zambia Link

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Exploring the feasibility of introducing triple artemisinin-based combination therapy in the malaria treatment policy in VietnamLink

Drug and vaccine development

  • The pipeline for drugs for control and elimination of neglected tropical diseases: 2. Oral anti-infective drugs and drug combinations for off-label use Link
  • Malaria protein discovery offers path for novel antimalarial intervention strategies Link | Link to Paper
  • New consortium to build on breakthroughs in malaria research to develop P. vivax vaccines Link 


  • Needle-free polio immunization study launches Link
  • First malaria vaccine slashes early childhood mortality Link
  • Cameroon launches new offensive against variant type-2 poliovirus Link


  • Pakistan has world’s most ‘sensitive’ polio surveillance system – health ministerLink

Elimination progress

  • Fighting river blindness in southern VenezuelaLink
  • Finishing the task of eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in WHO South-East Asia Region: promises kept, challenges, and the way forwardLink
  • Towards a malaria-free world: elimination of malaria in Kyrgyzstan – Link
  • A systematic review of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in MyanmarLink
  • Ending the neglect: lessons from a decade of success in responding to neglected tropical diseases in AfricaLink
  • WHO and partners support Angola in the fight against polioLink
  • In Eastern Afghanistan, communities engage in polio eradication efforts, but desperately need clean water and sanitationLink
  • WHO announces the elimination of lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem in the Lao People’s Democratic RepublicLink

Climate and Health

  • Neglected Tropical Diseases Link
  • Barriers to climate change and health research in India: a qualitative study Link
  • Health and climate change in South America Link


  • Specific gut bacteria increase risk of severe malaria Link | Link to Paper
  • Fighting polio vaccine misinformation Link
  • Entomological longitudinal surveys in two contrasted eco-climatic settings in Cameroon reveal a high malaria transmission from Anopheles funestus associated with GSTe2 metabolic resistance Link
  • One woman’s journey of strength, transformation and hope to end Polio Link
  • The provision of malaria services in border districts of four countries in Southern Africa: results from a cross-sectional community assessment of malaria border health posts Link
  • Differences in malaria vector biting behavior and changing vulnerability to malaria transmission in contrasting ecosystems of western KenyaLink
  • Enhanced effect of seasonal malaria chemoprevention when coupled with nutrients supplementation for preventing malaria in children under 5 years old in Burkina Faso: a randomized open label trial Link
  • Complete sources of cluster variation on the risk of under-five malaria in Uganda: a multilevel-weighted mixed effects logistic regression model approach Link
  • Implication of agricultural practices in the micro-geographic heterogeneity of malaria transmission in Bouna, Côte d’Ivoire Link
  • WHO guidelines for malaria Link
  • Polio this week Link


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