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

31 May 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.


Vector Control

  • Zero Malaria starts with me  – Link
  • Artificial light may become a new weapon in the fight to control malaria – Link


  • World Health Statistics 2022 – Link

Drug and vaccine development 

  • A new polio vaccine has now been delivered 350 million times across 18 high-risk countries – Link
  • JNU researchers develop sugar candies that could treat malaria in children – Link | Link to Paper


  • Occupied Palestinian territory completes round 1 of health-facility based polio campaign – Link
  • WHO pledges full support as Tanzania launches vaccination against polio – Link
  • Pakistan launches new anti-polio drive after 3rd case found – Link

Elimination progress

  • Pushing for polio eradication – Link


  • The need for speed: polio outbreak response – Link
  • First polio outbreak in 30 years declared in Mozambique – Link

Climate change

  • Potential future malaria transmission in Odisha due to climate change – Link


  • Characterization of a novel microfilarial antigen for diagnosis of Wuchereria bancrofti infections – Link
  • WHO urges for proactive measures to eliminate neglected tropical diseases in Africa – Link
  • Faster, better, more equitable: World Health Assembly challenged to take urgent action before window of opportunity closes to eradicate polio; tackle cVDPVs with same urgency as WPVs – Link
  • Global Fund commits $18 billion to malaria eradication – Link
  • Mekong Malaria Elimination: epidemiology summary, volume 16, October–December 2021 – Link
  • Pakistan reports two new polio cases – Link
  • Health Minister Ngamije makes case for a sustained fight against NTDs – Link
  • G7 Development and Health Ministers urge for continued support for polio eradication, amid multiple crises – Link
  • NLR India hosted Dissemination Meeting to release findings of a study on Leprosy and Lymphatic Filariasis – Link
  • High-level polio delegation concludes visit to Pakistan – Link
  • Eye disease eliminated from The Gambia – Link | Link to Paper
  • Incorporate NTD programme priorities into routine gov’t planning – Link
  • Coffee with polio experts: Dr Ananda Bandyopadhyay, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Link
  •  The Commonwealth Malaria Report 2022 – Link
  • Nearly a third of bites by malaria-carrying mosquitoes are in the day – Link | Link to Paper
  • Malaria eradication calls for detection and treatment of asymptomatic cases – Link | Link to Paper
  • Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s mission to help eradicate tropical diseases – Link


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