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

30 September 2021 – 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.


Diagnostic Testing & Treatment

  • Kew Gardens discovers South American plants could cure malaria – Link
  • Malaria Consortium conducts first ever study to establish acceptability and feasibility of SMC outside the Sahel – Link to article | Link to paper
  • Plasmodium falciparum is evolving to escape malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Ethiopia – Link to article | Link to paper



  • Modeling the levels, trends, and connectivity of malaria transmission using genomic data from a health facility in Thiès, Senegal – Link


Drug and Vaccine Development

  • New vaccine platform can better induce anti-malaria immunity in the liver – Link to article | Link to paper
  • Assessing the immunogenicity of three different inactivated polio vaccine schedules for use after oral polio vaccine cessation, an open label, phase IV, randomized controlled trial – Link
  • New proteasome inhibitors show antimalarial promise – Link to article | Link to paper
  • Novartis drug raises hope of tackling malaria drug resistance – Link
  • Calls for fast-track malaria vaccine approval to save hundreds of thousands of lives – Link


Drug Resistance



  • National polio immunization drive continues – Link
  • Polio vaccination drive ongoing in Balochistan on third day – Link
  • Serum institute to supply inactivated polio vaccine to centre for universal immunisation programme – Link
  • Polio vaccination drive begins across Pakistan – Link


Elimination Progress

  • Africa: From coast to coast – African countries commit to ending all forms of polio – Link
  • China eliminated malaria. Could it be a model for the rest of the world? – Link
  • Papua New Guinea steps up efforts to eliminate lymphatic filariasis – Link



  • IPC re-designated as WHO collaborating centre for pharmacovigilance in public health programmes in LMIC – Link



  • Health confirms 15 cases of malaria on the border with Nicaragua – Link



  • Researchers quantify the risk of children suffering severe outcomes from malaria – Link
  • Create volunteers to encourage MDA for filaria-free Bihar: Health minister – Hindustan Times – Link
  • The wider societal benefits of surgical interventions for lymphatic filariasis morbidity management and disability prevention – Link
  • Neglected tropical diseases: 2020 preventive chemotherapy treatment coverage declines due to COVID-19 disruptions – Link to article | Link to paper
  • Innovation & Inequity – Link to report
  • Rethinking malaria in the Context to COVID-19 – Link
  • Implementation of mass drug administration for neglected tropical diseases in Guinea during the COVID-19 pandemic – Link
  • Assessing factors influencing communities’ acceptability of mass drug administration for the elimination of lymphatic filariasis in Guyana – Link


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