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

31 October 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

  • Target malaria’s scientists are working to rid Africa of an ancient plagueLink
  • Genetically derived mosquitoes help in slow down the growth of spreading MalariaLink

Diagnostic testing and treatment

  • Report of the third meeting of the WHO Diagnostic Technical Advisory Group for Neglected Tropical Diseases: virtual meeting, 3 June 2021Link
  • Antibody treatment tested as new tool against malaria – Link to Paper
  • Historical 8-Aminoquinoline Combinations: not all antimalarial drugs work well togetherLink


  • Lancaster University to be part of building malaria modeling capacity in Sub-Saharan AfricaLink

Drug and vaccine development

  • Vaccines could be a game-changer in the fight against malaria in AfricaLink

Drug resistance

  • Polio strain resistant to oral vaccine detected in IsraelLink


  • Zimbabwe begins polio vaccination drive as neighboring country records new casesLink
  • A polio vaccination campaign is protecting millions of children in Malawi Link
  • CDC is discussing using oral polio vaccine for first time in 20 years to stop New York outbreakLink


  • No suspected polio case is too hard-to-reach for investigation and follow up in EthiopiaLink
  • Malaria surveillance and case management in remote and indigenous communities of Panama: results from a community-based health worker pilotLink

Elimination progress

  • Tanzania: Zero malaria in Zanzibar by 2027, realistic?Link
  • The endgame: What will it take to eradicate polio?Link


  • Polio cases confirmed in African countriesLink 
  • Just one case of polio is a global threatLink
  • Malaria – PakistanLink
  • Wild polio returns to Africa: How the GPEI is helping stop an outbreak from becoming an infernoLink

Climate change

  • WHO and WMO launch a new knowledge platform for climate and health Link
  • COP27 Climate Change Conference: urgent action needed for Africa and the world Link
  • COP27: Climate change threatening global health – report Link | Link to Paper
  • Most diseases worsened by climate change, new research reveals. Here’s what we can do about it Link | Link to Paper


  • Pakistan is working with Rotary to eradicate polio Link 
  • NTDs: High R&D investment need of the hour Link
  • Prevalence, probability, and characteristics of malaria and filariasis co-infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis Link
  • GPEI Director Aidan O’Leary’s message on the outcomes of the 2022 pledging moment Link 
  • How many lives will the UK’s aid budget reduction really cost? Link
  • World Polio Day 2022: History, Significance, Theme and More Link
  • WHO Director-General’s opening remarks at the 73rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific – 24 October 2022 Link
  • A decade of innovation to deepen the understanding of infectious diseases of poverty and foster their control and elimination Link 
  • World Polio Day: Joint statement by Commissioners Stella Kyriakides, Jutta Urpilainen and Director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Dr Andrea Ammon Link
  • Temporal trends in the burden of non-communicable diseases in countries with the highest malaria burden, 1990–2019: Evaluating the double burden of non-communicable and communicable diseases in epidemiological transition Link
  • Amazigo, Nigeria’s Public Health Specialist Bags Another International Award Link
  • WHO Director-General’s remarks at the World Polio Day 2022 and Beyond event  – 21 October 2022 Link
  • Clinical characteristics of Plasmodium falciparum infection among symptomatic patients presenting to a major urban military hospital in Cameroon Link
  • A cross-sectional study of Simulium damnosum sensu lato breeding sites and species distribution in Sudan savanna, mixed savanna–forest and rainforest regions in Cameroon Link
  • WHO: Global leaders commit US$ 2.6 billion at World Health Summit to end polio Link
  • Polio eradication is in sight. Don’t stop funding it now Link
  • Gates Foundation pledges $1.2B to end polio as virus stages a comeback Link 
  • Poliovirus spreads across the US Link


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