Professor Shunmay Yeung


Infectious Disease and Global Health

Room 303b

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 2079272657

Shunmay Yeung is a paediatrician specisalising in infectious disease and global health with a background in health economics and operational research. Her research interests are broad but with a focus on malaria, and the diagnosis and management of acute febrile illness in children.

She is a PI and workpackage lead in the PERFORM collaboration and the DIAMONDS collaboratios, two ambitious EU Horizon 2020 projects co-ordinated by Prof Mike Levin of Imperial College which involves 12 sites in 8 countries in Europe, the Gambia and Nepal.  PERFORM aims to develop and validate new "-omics" based diagnostic technologies to differentiation bacterial from viral infections. DIAMONDS aims to pilot a new multiclass diagnostic test to improve the management of acute febrile illness in and reduce unnecesary antimicrobial use. The workpackages led by Shunmay focus on the potential practical application of new diagnostic tools by understanding and comparing pathways of care for children with acute febrile illness across different settings and assessing the potential cost-effectivness of new approaches. Shunmay is also the lead paediatrician for the DfID funded FIEBRE consortium - a multi-country study (Laos, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe) aimed at describing the aetiology of fever in both adults and children, in order to improve clinical management.

Her PhD was on antimalarial drug resistance and drug policy and was undertaken in Southeast Asia, under the supervision of Professors Sir Nicholas White and Dame Anne Mills, with funding from the Wellcome Trust.  It employed economic and epidemiological modeling and field studies on the access to malaria diagnosis and treatment.  In collaboration with the Cambodian national malaria control programme, she lead PACES (Proactive Case Detection and Community Particiation for the elimination of drug resistant malaria study) in Cambodia, as part of the DfID funded Tracking Resistance to Artemisinins Collaboration (TRAC), a large programme of research led by the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit.

She was the co-lead for the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health - Child Theme and is on the Malaria Centre steering committee.

She is active clinically as an honrorary consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease at St Mary's Imperial College Hospital, London.  She did her clinical training in London and worked as a government medical officer in a district hospital in rural KwaZulu/Natal in South Africa where she also undertook clinical research on HIV in children.  In October 2014 she was deployed as a clinical advisor to Sierra Leone with Save the Children in order to help in the set up of the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerrytown.  She subsequently returned to Sierra Leone to supervise research on the managment and outcome of children admitted to Ebola Holding Units during the crisis.

She was Deputy Director of the ACT consortium and the co-ordinating investigator for the Artemisinin  Resistance Confirmation, Characterization and Containment (ARC3) consortium, both funded by the BMGF. She has worked for WHO Geneva as as a Medical Officer in the Global Malaria Programme, is on the board of the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia, and sits on a number of expert committees and advisory boards.   

Shunmay currenly supervises six research degree students, four as primary supervisor include one DrPH student.


Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Department of Clinical Research
Faculty of Public Health and Policy


Centre for Evaluation
Malaria Centre
Centre for Maternal Adolescent Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre (AMR)


She is a co-Module Organiser of Practical Skills for Clinical Research and was the Module Organiser of Control of Communicable Disease (distance learning). 

She teaches on the LSHTM DTM&H and the East African DTM&H and co-leadings the Maternal and Child Health module of the new Nagasaki-London DTM&H.  She has also taught on a number of MSc modules including Applied Communicable Disease Control; AIDS; and Economic Evaluation. She gives external lectures in both UK and abroad including and  teaches and mentors doctors and medical students at St Mary's Hospital.


In addition to the research described above methodological development in surveys of antimalarial quality; and analysis of the content of the "drug cocktails" commonly used to treat fevers in SE Asia; mixed methods evaluations of Village Malaria Workers and of the private sector roll-out of subsidised malaria rapid diagnostic tests in Cambodia; mapping of artemisinin resistance and mobile and migrant populations in SE Asia; cost-effectiveness modelling of G6PD testing and 8-aminoquinlonoes for the radical cure of P. vivax; 

Research Area
Child health
Clinical care
Clinical guidelines
Complex interventions
Decision analysis
Drug resistance
Economic evaluation
Health outcomes
Health services research
Health systems
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Disease control
Global Health
Mixed methods
Neonatal health
Implementation research
Private sector
Randomised controlled trials
Health economics
Operational research
Social Sciences
Disease and Health Conditions
Infectious disease
Pandemic diseases
Emerging Infectious Disease
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Burkina Faso
United Kingdom
The Gambia
Hong Kong
Sierra Leone
South Africa
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
European Union
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Forest Goers and Multidrug-Resistant Malaria in Cambodia: An Ethnographic Study.
Bannister-Tyrrell M; Gryseels C; Sokha S; Dara L; Sereiboth N; James N; Thavrin B; Ly P; Soy Ty K; Peeters Grietens K
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Rubber plantations and drug resistant malaria: a cross-sectional survey in Cambodia.
Thomson R; Sochea P; Sarath M; MacDonald A; Pratt A; Poyer S; Allen H; Kunthy S; Chamroeun S; Daro K
Malaria journal
Neurodevelopment of HIV-exposed uninfected children in South Africa: outcomes from an observational birth cohort study.
Wedderburn CJ; Yeung S; Rehman AM; Stadler JAM; Nhapi RT; Barnett W; Myer L; Gibb DM; Zar HJ; Stein DJ
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
Performance of Ultrasensitive Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Detecting Asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum.
Yeung S; McGregor D; James N; Kheang ST; Kim S; Khim N; Ly P; Sovannaroth S; Witkowski B
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
The use of antimicrobials in global pig production: A systematic review of methods for quantification.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Yeung S
Preventive veterinary medicine
Malaria-Update on Antimalarial Resistance and Treatment Approaches.
Yeung S
The Pediatric infectious disease journal
The Impact of Introducing Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests on Fever Case Management: A Synthesis of Ten Studies from the ACT Consortium.
Bruxvoort KJ; Leurent B; Chandler CIR; Ansah EK; Baiden F; Björkman A; Burchett HED; Clarke SE; Cundill B; DiLiberto DD
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Treatment-Seeking Behavior after the Implementation of a Unified Policy of Dihydroartemisinin-Piperaquine for the Treatment of Uncomplicated Malaria in Papua, Indonesia.
Devine A; Kenangalem E; Burdam FH; Anstey NM; Poespoprodjo JR; Price RN; Yeung S
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Using G6PD tests to enable the safe treatment of Plasmodium vivax infections with primaquine on the Thailand-Myanmar border: A cost-effectiveness analysis.
Devine A; Parmiter M; Chu CS; Bancone G; Nosten F; Price RN; Lubell Y; Yeung S
PLoS neglected tropical diseases
Impact of introduction of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria on antibiotic prescribing: analysis of observational and randomised studies in public and private healthcare settings.
Hopkins H; Bruxvoort KJ; Cairns ME; Chandler CIR; Leurent B; Ansah EK; Baiden F; Baltzell KA; Björkman A; Burchett HED
BMJ (Clinical research ed)
Improving access to health care amongst vulnerable populations: a qualitative study of village malaria workers in Kampot, Cambodia.
Liverani M; Nguon C; Sok R; Kim D; Nou P; Nguon S; Yeung S
BMC health services research
Question 2: Are three malaria tests necessary in children returning from the tropics with fever?
Wilson IE; Shingadia D; Yeung S; Riordan A; Irwin AD
Archives of disease in childhood
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