Professor Amaya Bustinduy


of Global Paediatric and Adolescent Infectious Diseases


Keppel Street
United Kingdom


Amaya trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases in the US and started working on helminthic infections, mainly schistosomiasis, and their impact on child health in Coastal Kenya in 2009. She is foremost a field clinical epidemiologist and has investigated a broad range of disease manifestations in children and adolescents. related to neglected tropical parasitic diseases (NTD) such as malnutrition and anaemia. Other early work included profiling pro-inflammatory cytokines in schistosomiasis and drug (praziquantel) efficacy PK/PD studies in very young children in Uganda. (PIP trial:

She holds a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to explore the integration of  self-sampling for the diagnosis of  female genital schistosomiasis with screening for other reproductive tract infections (HPV/ cervical cancer, STIs and HIV). -:…

She is one of the co-leads of the children's (C) theme at the MARCH Centre with Hannah Blencowe






Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases


Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)


Amaya developed the NTD module offered for MSc students at LSHTM and co-lead the module until 2023. She has been involved in teaching at the East African DTM&H since 2013 and she was the deputy director of the course from 2016-2021. She teaches regularly at the London DTMH and PGDTN and Liverpool (LSTM).

She currently supervises PhD and MSc students at LSHTM, and co-supervises students at LSTM from the MSc in Global Health and Tropical Paediatrics.


  • Female genital schistosomiasis-new diagnostics at the point-of-care,  and integration into sexual and reproductive health community-based screening
  • Clinical trials involving Pk/PD of antiparasitic drugs in children
  • Point-of-care diagnostics for schistosomiasis (infection and morbidity)
  • HIV-schistosomiasis and other helminthic co-infection and their impact on child health
  • Preschool schistosomiasis and integration of treatment into the Integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI)
  • Environmental enteropathy in relation to helminthic diseases
Research Area
Child health
Clinical trials
Sexual health
Adolescent health
Global Health
Randomised controlled trials
Health economics
Operational research
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Lymphatic filariasis
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

Selected Publications

An update on female and male genital schistosomiasis and a call to integrate efforts to escalate diagnosis, treatment and awareness in endemic and non-endemic settings: the time is now
Bustinduy A; Randriansolo B; Sturt A; Kayuni S; Webster B; Van Lieshout L; Stothard R; Leutsher P; Feldmeier H; Gyapong M
Advances in Parasitology
Impact of a Novel, Low-Cost and Sustainable Health Education Program on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Intestinal Schistosomiasis in School Children in a Hard-to-Reach District of Madagascar.
Spencer SA; Andriamasy EH; Linder C; Penney JMS; Henstridge-Blows J; Russell HJ; Hyde K; Sheehy C; Young IL; Sjoflot B
Meningococcal carriage among Hajj pilgrims, risk factors for carriage and records of vaccination: a study of pilgrims to Mecca.
Alasmari A; Houghton J; Greenwood B; Heymann D; Edwards P; Larson H; Assiri A; Ben-Rached F; Pain A; Behrens R
Tropical Medicine and International Health
Female Genital Schistosomiasis and HIV-1 Incidence in Zambian Women: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
Sturt AS; Webb EL; Phiri CR; Mudenda M; Mapani J; Kosloff B; Cheeba M; Shanaube K; Bwalya J; Kjetland EF
Open Forum Infectious Diseases
The praziquantel in preschoolers (PIP) trial: study protocol for a phase II PK/PD-driven randomised controlled trial of praziquantel in children under 4 years of age.
Webb EL; Edielu A; Wu HW; Kabatereine NB; Tukahebwa EM; Mubangizi A; Adriko M; Elliott AM; Hope WW; Mawa PA
Intestinal Schistosomiasis and Giardiasis Co-Infection in Sub-Saharan Africa: Can a One Health Approach Improve Control of Each Waterborne Parasite Simultaneously?
Archer J; O'Halloran L; Al-Shehri H; Summers S; Bhattacharyya T; Kabaterine NB; Atuhaire A; Adriko M; Arianaitwe M; Stewart M
Tropical medicine and infectious disease
Could This Child Have Schistosomiasis?: When to Suspect It and What to Do About It.
Bustinduy AL; Edielu A; Sturt AS
Pediatruc Infectious Diseases Journal
Population Pharmacokinetics of Praziquantel in Pregnant and Lactating Filipino Women Infected with Schistosoma japonicum.
Bustinduy AL; Kolamunnage-Dona R; Mirochnick MH; Capparelli EV; Tallo V; Acosta LP; Olveda RM; Friedman JF; Hope WW
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Correction: Female genital schistosomiasis and HIV/AIDS: Reversing the neglect of girls and women.
Hotez PJ; Harrison W; Fenwick A; Bustinduy AL; Ducker C; Mbabazi PS; Engels D; Kjetland EF
Schistosomiasis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension: a systematic review.
Knafl D; Gerges C; King CH; Humbert M; Bustinduy AL
European Respiratory Review
Could This Child Have Schistosomiasis?
When to Suspect It and What to Do About It
Lopez Bustinduy A; Edielu A; Sturt A
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Application of a recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) assay and pilot field testing for Giardia duodenalis at Lake Albert, Uganda.
Molina-Gonzalez SJ; Bhattacharyya T; AlShehri HR; Poulton K; Allen S; Miles MA; Arianitwe M; Tukahebwa EM; Webster B; Russell Stothard J
Parasites and Vectors
A cross-sectional study of periportal fibrosis and Schistosoma mansoni infection among school-aged children in a hard-to-reach area of Madagascar.
Russell HJ; Penney JMS; Linder C; Joekes EC; Bustinduy AL; Stothard JR; Rakotomampianina DAL; Andriamasy EH; Mahary LR; Ranjanoro EP
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Acceptability and feasibility of genital self-sampling for the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis: a cross-sectional study in Zambia.
Rutty Phiri C; Sturt AS; Webb EL; Chola N; Hayes R; Shanaube K; Ayles H; Hansingo I; Bustinduy AL; BILHIV study team
Wellcome Open Research
Beyond the barrier: Female Genital Schistosomiasis as a potential risk factor for HIV-1 acquisition.
Sturt AS; Webb EL; Francis SC; Hayes RJ; Bustinduy AL
Acta Tropica
Genital self-sampling compared with cervicovaginal lavage for the diagnosis of female genital schistosomiasis in Zambian women: The BILHIV study.
Sturt AS; Webb EL; Phiri CR; Mweene T; Chola N; van Dam GJ; Corstjens PLAM; Wessels E; Stothard JR; Hayes R
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Female genital schistosomiasis and HIV/AIDS: Reversing the neglect of girls and women.
Hotez PJ; Harrison W; Fenwick A; Bustinduy AL; Ducker C; Sabina Mbabazi P; Engels D; Floerecke Kjetland E
PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Focused Assessment with Sonography for Urinary Schistosomiasis (FASUS)-pilot evaluation of a simple point-of-care ultrasound protocol and short training program for detecting urinary tract morbidity in highly endemic settings.
Remppis J; Verheyden A; Bustinduy AL; Heller T; García-Tardón N; Manouana GP; Obiang R; Adegnika AA; Grobusch MP; Ramharter M
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Schistosoma mansoni Infection as a Predictor of Low Aerobic Capacity in Ugandan Children.
Smith C; McLachlan G; Al Shehri H; Adriko M; Arinaitwe M; Atuhaire A; Muheki Tukahebwa E; LaCourse EJ; Stanton M; Stothard JR
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Cognitive deficits and educational loss in children with schistosome infection-A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ezeamama AE; Bustinduy AL; Nkwata AK; Martinez L; Pabalan N; Boivin MJ; King CH
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Schistosomiasis in Africa: Improving strategies for long-term and sustainable morbidity control.
French MD; Evans D; Fleming FM; Secor WE; Biritwum N-K; Brooker SJ; Bustinduy A; Gouvras A; Kabatereine N; King CH
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Point-of-care tests for infectious diseases: barriers to implementation across three London teaching hospitals.
Bustinduy AL; Jeyaratnam D; Douthwaite S; Tonkin-Crine S; Shaw R; Hyrapetian L; Sevdalis N; Goldenberg S; Adams EJ; Sharland M
Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway
Paediatric and maternal schistosomiasis: shifting the paradigms.
Bustinduy AL; Stothard JR; Friedman JF
British medical bulletin
One hundred years of neglect in paediatric schistosomiasis.
Bustinduy AL; Wright S; Joekes EC; Kabatereine NB; Reinhard-Rupp J; King CH; Stothard JR
The Journal of parasitology
Praziquantel for the treatment of schistosomiasis during human pregnancy.
Friedman JF; Olveda RM; Mirochnick MH; Bustinduy AL; Elliott AM
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
High burden of Schistosoma mansoni infection in school-aged children in Marolambo District, Madagascar.
Spencer SA; Penney JMSJ; Russell HJ; Howe AP; Linder C; Rakotomampianina ALD; Nandimbiniaina AM; Squire SB; Stothard JR; Bustinduy AL
Parasites & vectors
Predictors of fever-related admissions to a paediatric assessment unit, ward and reattendances in a South London emergency department: the CABIN 2 study.
Bustinduy AL; Chis Ster I; Shaw R; Irwin A; Thiagarajan J; Beynon R; Ladhani S; Sharland M; CABIN network
Archives of disease in childhood
Expanding Praziquantel (PZQ) Access beyond Mass Drug Administration Programs: Paving a Way Forward for a Pediatric PZQ Formulation for Schistosomiasis.
Bustinduy AL; Friedman JF; Kjetland EF; Ezeamama AE; Kabatereine NB; Stothard JR; King CH
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Population Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Praziquantel in Ugandan Children with Intestinal Schistosomiasis: Higher Dosages Are Required for Maximal Efficacy.
Bustinduy AL; Waterhouse D; de Sousa-Figueiredo JC; Roberts SA; Atuhaire A; Van Dam GJ; Corstjens PLAM; Scott JT; Stanton MC; Kabatereine NB
A call to strengthen the global strategy against schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis: the time is now.
Lo NC; Addiss DG; Hotez PJ; King CH; Stothard JR; Evans DS; Colley DG; Lin W; Coulibaly JT; Bustinduy AL
The Lancet infectious diseases
A centenary of Robert T. Leiper's lasting legacy on schistosomiasis and a COUNTDOWN on control of neglected tropical diseases.
Stothard JR; Kabatereine NB; Archer J; Al-Shehri H; Tchuem-Tchuenté LA; Gyapong M; Bustinduy AL
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Assessment of Tropical Infectious Diseases--A Review of Applications and Perspectives.
Bélard S; Tamarozzi F; Bustinduy AL; Wallrauch C; Grobusch MP; Kuhn W; Brunetti E; Joekes E; Heller T
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
HIV and schistosomiasis co-infection in African children
Bustinduy A; King C; Scott J; Appleton S; Sousa-Figueiredo JC; Betson M; Stothard JR
Lancet Infect Dis
Age-Stratified Profiles of Serum IL-6, IL-10, and TNF-α Cytokines Among Kenyan Children with Schistosoma haematobium, Plasmodium falciparum, and Other Chronic Parasitic Co-Infections.
Bustinduy AL; Sutherland LJ; Chang-Cojulun A; Malhotra I; DuVall AS; Fairley JK; Mungai PL; Muchiri EM; Mutuku FM; Kitron U
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Anemia Among Children Exposed to Polyparasitism in Coastal Kenya.
Chang Cojulun A; Bustinduy AL; Sutherland LJ; Mungai PL; Mutuku F; Muchiri E; Kitron U; King CH
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Cross-sectional study of the burden of vector-borne and soil-transmitted polyparasitism in rural communities of Coast Province, Kenya.
Bisanzio D; Mutuku F; Bustinduy AL; Mungai PL; Muchiri EM; King CH; Kitron U
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
HIV and schistosomiasis co-infection in African children.
Bustinduy A; King C; Scott J; Appleton S; Sousa-Figueiredo JC; Betson M; Stothard JR
The Lancet infectious diseases
Endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) in a Ugandan child with advanced hepatosplenic schistosomiasis: coincidence or connection?
Bustinduy AL; Luzinda K; Mpoya S; Gothard P; Stone N; Wright S; Stothard JR
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Human schistosomiasis.
Colley DG; Bustinduy AL; Secor WE; King CH
Development of a specimen-sparing multichannel bead assay to detect antiparasite IgG4 for the diagnosis of Schistosoma and Wuchereria infections on the coast of Kenya.
DuVall AS; Fairley JK; Sutherland L; Bustinduy AL; Mungai PL; Muchiri EM; Malhotra I; Kitron U; King CH
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Diagnostics for schistosomiasis in Africa and Arabia: a review of present options in control and future needs for elimination.
Stothard JR; Stanton MC; Bustinduy AL; Sousa-Figueiredo JC; Van Dam GJ; Betson M; Waterhouse D; Ward S; Allan F; Hassan AA
Impact of polyparasitic infections on anemia and undernutrition among Kenyan children living in a Schistosoma haematobium-endemic area.
Bustinduy AL; Parraga IM; Thomas CL; Mungai PL; Mutuku F; Muchiri EM; Kitron U; King CH
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Fecal occult blood and fecal calprotectin as point-of-care markers of intestinal morbidity in Ugandan children with Schistosoma mansoni infection.
Bustinduy AL; Sousa-Figueiredo JC; Adriko M; Betson M; Fenwick A; Kabatereine N; Stothard JR
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Schistosomiasis in African infants and preschool children: let them now be treated!
Stothard JR; Sousa-Figueiredo JC; Betson M; Bustinduy A; Reinhard-Rupp J
Trends in parasitology
Evaluation of the health-related quality of life of children in Schistosoma haematobium-endemic communities in Kenya: a cross-sectional study.
Terer CC; Bustinduy AL; Magtanong RV; Muhoho N; Mungai PL; Muchiri EM; Kitron U; King CH; Mutuku FM
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Measuring fitness of Kenyan children with polyparasitic infections using the 20-meter shuttle run test as a morbidity metric.
Bustinduy AL; Thomas CL; Fiutem JJ; Parraga IM; Mungai PL; Muchiri EM; Mutuku F; Kitron U; King CH
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Impact of drought on the spatial pattern of transmission of Schistosoma haematobium in coastal Kenya.
Mutuku FM; King CH; Bustinduy AL; Mungai PL; Muchiri EM; Kitron U
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
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