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

31 January 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

  • A new WHO bottle bioassay method to assess the susceptibility of mosquito vectors to public health insecticides: results from a WHO-coordinated multi-centre studyLink
  • Multi-country evaluation of the durability of pyrethroid plus piperonyl-butoxide insecticide-treated nets: study protocolLink

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Monoclonal antibody could prevent malaria, study showsLink

Drug and vaccine development

  • Novel class of sulfonamides to block malaria transmissionLink | Link to Paper 
  • GW researchers develop two vaccines for malaria using mRNA technologyLink


  • Over 44.2 million children receive anti-polio dropsLink
  • Asia Album: Afghanistan launches polio vaccination driveLink
  • MOH to conduct door-to-door polio immunization in Ebola affected districtsLink
  • Pakistan Launches First Anti-Polio Campaign of 2023Link 


  • Unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance and control of vectors of malaria and other vector-borne diseasesLink
  • Epidemiological update: Long-term detection of genetically related poliovirusesLink 

Elimination progress

  • Lymphatic filariasis: Infection prevalence less than 2pc in 125 sub-districts in 2022, says Dr Noor HishamLink
  • How far are we from polio-free Pakistan?Link
  • Eliminating neglected diseases in Africa: There are good reasons for hopeLink
  •  Working together towards malaria eliminationLink
  • LF is not neglected disease but priority disease for elimination: Dr Mansukh MandaviyaLink
  • 2023 – Focus on consequential geographiesLink 

Climate and Health

  • A Deadly, overlooked consequence of climate change:diseaseLink
  • Climate change is adding to a growing infectious disease burden – we need coordinated action nowLink
  •  Opinion: Local activism is key to linking climate and health in East AfricaLink
  • Davos 2023: Climate change leads to more malaria, tuberculosis up in a recessionLink


  • LSTM’s 125 years of Innovation and Impact on Neglected Tropical DiseasesLink
  •  Neglected tropical diseases threaten global healthLink
  •  Breaking the prevalence of poverty-related diseases in CameroonLink
  •  WHO calls for more action to end ‘cycles of poverty and stigma’ related to tropical diseasesLink
  •  Visiting homes to curb polio in AcehLink
  •  Bringing neglected tropical diseases out of the siloLink
  •  More countries eliminate neglected tropical diseases but investments key to sustain progressLink | Link to Paper
  • World Neglected Tropical Diseases Day: Act now. Act together. Invest in Neglected Tropical DiseasesLink
  •  The state of health in Pakistan and its provinces and territories, 1990–2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019Link
  •  Stakeholders stress need for improved commitment to treatment of neglected tropical diseasesLink
  •  100 million Nigerians are at risk of neglected tropical diseases: what the country is doing about itLink
  •  CBM Distributes 600 Millionth Drug Dose to Protect Against Neglected Tropical DiseasesLink
  •  Endemicity of Lymphatic Filariasis: an experience from field monitoringLink
  •  Temporal variability of Loa loa microfilaraemiaLink
  •  Brazil Declares Public Health Emergency for Yanomami PeopleLink
  •  Community engagement in health services research on elimination of lymphatic filariasis: A systematic reviewLink
  • Gates Foundation invests in company using AI to diagnose tropical diseaseLink
  •  Polio in Afghanistan: Everything You Need to KnowLink
  •  Experts: Zambia will end malaria if all partners pitch in Link
  •  Op-ed: Making the case for oil CEO Sultan Al Jaber to lead the UN climate conference this year Link


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