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

31 January 2022 – 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 and Treatment


Vector Control

  • Scientists identify promising transmission chain-breaker in the fight against malaria – Link | Link to paper
  • Optimising the deployment of vector control tools against malaria: a data-informed modelling study – Link
  • CRISPR Technology Can Eliminate Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes – Link
  • Mosquitoes’ mating game discovery provides new clues to combat malaria – Link


Drug and Vaccine Development

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock study sets sights on eradicating polio worldwide – Link


Drug Resistance

  • Mapping genetic markers of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Asia: a systematic review and spatiotemporal analysis – Link
  • A field test for malaria resistance – Link
  • Genetic strategy reverses insecticide resistance – Link | Link to paper



  • How Nigeria can overcome mutant poliovirus in three years – Link



  • Catch-up polio immunization campaign to begin in Ukraine – Link
  • Anambra commences immunisation against polio – Link
  • Uganda starts nationwide polio immunization – Link
  • First polio vaccination campaign for 2022 underway – Link


Elimination Progress

  • Polio vaccinations changed Pakistan’s children lives – Link
  • Progress in the fight against neglected tropical diseases – Link
  • Fighting Taliban and mistrust, Pakistan marks one year polio-free – Link
  • Endemic of malaria can reinstate global health security – Link
  • Will Afghanistan be Polio-Free in 2022? – Link



  • Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks Continue – Link
  • DRC outbreak updates: Monkeypox, plague and polio – Link
  • We’re tackling mutant polio virus type2 outbreak, says FG – Link
  • Malaria outbreak in Kericho under control – Link



  • Clinical impact of vivax malaria: A collection review – Link
  • World NTD Day 2022 and a new Kigali Declaration to galvanise commitment to end neglected tropical diseases – Link
  • On World NTD Day, WHO releases key document to guide a paradigm shift towards One Health – Link
  • Improving neglected tropical disease services and integration into primary healthcare in Ethiopia – Link
  • Simulating the effect of evaluation unit size on eligibility to stop mass drug administration for lymphatic filariasis in Haiti – Link
  • Combatting neglected tropical diseases in Africa – Link
  • Multisectoral interventions needed to fight against neglected tropical diseases – Link
  • Scaling-up filariasis lymphoedema management into the primary health care system in Kerala State, Southern India: a case study in healthcare equity – Link
  • Expert calls for collaboration to eliminate NTDs in Akwa Ibom – Link
  • Improve resistance to neglected tropical diseases, WHO urges – Link
  • World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day: WHO calls for equitable health services for all – Link


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