Dr Shunmay Yeung


Associate Professor
Tropical Medicine

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 include malaria, and the diagnosis and management of acute febrile illness in children.

She is a PI and workpackage lead for the PERFORM study, an ambitious EU Horizon 2020 project 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 improve the management of acute febrile illness in children and reduce unnecesary antimicrobial use.  The workpackage led by Shunmay aims to describe and compare the management of children with fever and to assess the potential cost-effectivness of new diagnostics. 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 co-leads the Centre for Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health - Child Theme, and works 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.   


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
Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive & Child Health (MARCH)
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre
Antimicrobial Resistance Centre


Shunmay is primary supervisor for three PhD and one part-time DrPH student, and supervises a number of other PhD and MSc students.  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 various courses incluing DTM&H, the East African DTM&H, the Applied Communicable Disease control module and AIDS module and previously the Economic Evaluation module. She teaches and mentors doctors and medical students at St Mary's Hospital and other insitutions.


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
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
Gambia, The
Hong Kong SAR, China
Sierra Leone
South Africa
East Asia & Pacific (all income levels)
European Union
South Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)

Selected Publications

Risk in the "Red Zone": Outcomes for Children Admitted to Ebola Holding Units in Sierra Leone Without Ebola Virus Disease
Fitzgerald, F.; Wing, K.; Naveed, A.; Gbessay, M.; Ross, J.C.G.; Checchi, F.; Youkee, D.; Jalloh, M.B.; Baion, D.; Mustapha, A.; Jah, H.; Lako, S.; Oza, S.; Boufkhed, S.; Feury, R.; Bielicki, J.; Williamson, E.; Gibb, D.M.; Klein, N.; Sahr, F.; Yeung, S.
Clinical Infectious Diseases
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 Serv Res
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, C.S. ; Bancone, G. ; Nosten, F. ; Price, R.N. ; Lubell, Y. ; Yeung, S. ;
PLoS Negl Trop Dis
Ebola Virus Disease in Children, Sierra Leone, 2014-2015.
Fitzgerald, F. ; Naveed, A. ; Wing, K. ; Gbessay, M. ; Ross, J.C. ; Checchi, F. ; Youkee, D. ; Jalloh, M.B. ; Baion, D. ; Mustapha, A. ; Jah, H. ; Lako, S. ; Oza, S. ; Boufkhed, S. ; Feury, R. ; Bielicki, J.A. ; Gibb, D.M. ; Klein, N. ; Sahr, F. ; Yeung, S. ;
Emerg Infect Dis
Quality of Antimalarials at the Epicenter of Antimalarial Drug Resistance: Results from an Overt and Mystery Client Survey in Cambodia.
Yeung, S.; Lawford, H.L.; Tabernero, P.; Nguon, C.; van Wyk, A.; Malik, N.; DeSousa, M.; Rada, O.; Boravann, M.; Dwivedi, P.; Hostetler, D.M.; Swamidoss, I.; Green, M.D.; Fernandez, F.M.; Kaur, H.;
Am J Trop Med Hyg
Malaria and the mobile and migrant population in Cambodia: a population movement framework to inform strategies for malaria control and elimination.
Guyant, P. ; Canavati, S.E. ; Chea, N. ; Ly, P. ; Whittaker, M.A. ; Roca-Feltrer, A. ; Yeung, S. ;
Malar J
Artemisinin resistance: current status and scenarios for containment.
Dondorp, A.M.; Yeung, S.; White, L.; Nguon, C.; Day, N.P.; Socheat, D.; von Seidlein, L.;
Nat Rev Microbiol
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