Professor Shunmay Yeung


Infectious Disease and Global Health

Room 303b

Keppel Street
United Kingdom

+44 2079272657

Shunmay Yeung is a paediatrician specialising in infectious disease and global child health with expertise in clinical, epidemiological and health systems research.

Research interests

Shunmay leads and collaborates in a wide range of research projects in Asia, Africa and Europe. She uses innovative research approaches and a range qualitative and quantitative research skills to address key questions in global health and infectious disease. Current project include DIAMONDS, an ambitious EU Horizon 2020 funded project involving collaborators across  Europe, the Gambia, Nepal and Taiwan, which aims to develop tests to revolutionise how patients with fever are diagnosed.  The work packages she leads aim to evaluate in which patients and in which clinical settings there is the most need for new tests, and how they can be optimally deployed.   Shunmay is also the lead paediatrician for FIEBRE - a multi-country study which aims to describe the aetiology of fever in Laos, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. She is  co-PI on two projects in Indonesia: MENJAGA which aims to improving antenatal testing of HIV, syphillis and heptatis B; and PINTAR which aims to improve the use of antibiotics in private pharmacies.   Recently she has become increasingly involved in research related to Climate Change. She is a co-investigator on the Children, Climate and Cities project and is Co-Chair of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Climate Change Working Group Research workstream.
Her PhD was on antimalarial drug resistance and drug policy and was undertaken in Bangkok and Cambodia, under the supervision of Professors Sir Nicholas White and Dame Anne Mills. Subsequently she worked for the WHO in Geneva, and for Oxford University and was co-ordinating investigator for the BMGF funded Artemisinin Resistance Confirmation, Characterization and Containment (ARC3) consortium.  She was a principal investigator for the FCDO funded Tracking Resistance to Artemisinins Collaborations (TRAC and TRAC2). She has worked in close partnership with the Cambodian national malaria control programme (CNM) and other local partners on key operational questions such as how to undertake proactive case detection to  eliminate of drug resistant P. falciparum malaria study; and how to implement point of care testing of G6PD and primaquine for the radical cure of P. vivax malaria.  
An active clinician, Shunmay is an honorary consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease at St Mary's Imperial College Hospital. She has also worked as a government medical officer in rural KwaZulu/Natal in South Africa and during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa volunteered wth Save the Children to help set up Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerrytown, Sierra Leone.

She serves on a number of expert and advisory committees, including the Board of Directors for the Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia for whom she chairs the Medical Ethics, Education and Oversight Committee. 


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


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


Shunmay is enthusiastic and active educator and has organised, lectured or tutored on a range of both face to face and distance learning MSc modules and short courses including:  the DTM&H courses in London, Uganda, Nagasaki and the Philippines; the MSc modules in Practical Skills for Clinical Research, Control of Communicable Disease and Economic Evaluation.

She lectures externally both within the UK and internationally, has contributed to three MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).  

She particularly enjoy mentoring and supporting, early and mid-career researchers, medical students and doctors in training. She is a co-lead for the NIHR Integrated Academic Training Programme at LSHTM.


Shunmay is currently supervising six PhD students

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

The response to COVID-19 among drug retail outlets in Indonesia: A cross-sectional survey of knowledge, attitudes, and practices.
Mashuri YA; Wulandari LPL; Khan M; Ferdiana A; Probandari A; Wibawa T; Batura N; Liverani M; Day R; Jan S
The Lancet Regional Health Western Pacific
Subcortical brain volumes of children who are HIV-exposed and uninfected in the first three years of life: a South African birth cohort study
Wedderburn CJ; Yeung S; Groenewold NA; Rehman AM; Subramoney S; Fouche J-P; Joshi SH; Narr KL; Hoffman N; Roos A
Understanding antibiotic use for pig farming in Thailand: a qualitative study.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Liverani M; Mills A; Rushton J; Yeung S
Antimicrobial resistance and infection control
Variation in antibiotic prescription rates in febrile children presenting to emergency departments across Europe (MOFICHE): A multicentre observational study.
Hagedoorn NN; Borensztajn DM; Nijman R; Balode A; von Both U; Carrol ED; Eleftheriou I; Emonts M; van der Flier M; de Groot R
How antibiotics are used in pig farming: a mixed-methods study of pig farmers, feed mills and veterinarians in Thailand.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Mills A; Rushton J; Yeung S
BMJ global health
New-Onset Type 1 Diabetes in Children During COVID-19: Multicenter Regional Findings in the U.K.
Unsworth R; Wallace S; Oliver NS; Yeung S; Kshirsagar A; Naidu H; Kwong RMW; Kumar P; Logan KM
Diabetes care
Neuroimaging young children and associations with neurocognitive development in a South African birth cohort study.
Wedderburn CJ; Subramoney S; Yeung S; Fouche J-P; Joshi SH; Narr KL; Rehman AM; Roos A; Ipser J; Robertson FC
Biomarkers for the Discrimination of Acute Kawasaki Disease From Infections in Childhood.
Zandstra J; van de Geer A; Tanck MWT; van Stijn-Bringas Dimitriades D; Aarts CEM; Dietz SM; van Bruggen R; Schweintzger NA; Zenz W; Emonts M
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
Diversity in the emergency care for febrile children in Europe: a questionnaire study.
Borensztajn D; Yeung S; Hagedoorn NN; Balode A; von Both U; Carrol ED; Dewez JE; Eleftheriou I; Emonts M; van der Flier M
BMJ Paediatrics Open
The cost of diagnostic uncertainty: a prospective economic analysis of febrile children attending an NHS emergency department.
Leigh S; Grant A; Murray N; Faragher B; Desai H; Dolan S; Cabdi N; Murray JB; Rejaei Y; Stewart S
BMC Medicine
Patterns of antibiotic use in global pig production: A systematic review.
Lekagul A; Tangcharoensathien V; Yeung S
Veterinary and Animal Science
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
Growth and Neurodevelopment of HIV-Exposed Uninfected Children: a Conceptual Framework.
Wedderburn CJ; Evans C; Yeung S; Gibb DM; Donald KA; Prendergast AJ
Current HIV/AIDS Reports
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
Development of a Pediatric Ebola Predictive Score, Sierra Leone1.
Fitzgerald F; Wing K; Naveed A; Gbessay M; Ross JCG; Checchi F; Youkee D; Jalloh MB; Baion DE; Mustapha A
Emerging infectious diseases
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
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 JCG; Checchi F; Youkee D; Jalloh MB; Baion D; Mustapha A
Clinical infectious 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
Ebola Virus Disease in Children, Sierra Leone, 2014-2015.
Fitzgerald F; Naveed A; Wing K; Gbessay M; Ross JCG; Checchi F; Youkee D; Jalloh MB; Baion D; Mustapha A
Emerging infectious diseases
Quality of antimalarials at the epicenter of antimalarial drug resistance: results from an overt and mystery client survey in Cambodia.
Yeung S; Lawford HLS; Tabernero P; Nguon C; van Wyk A; Malik N; DeSousa M; Rada O; Boravann M; Dwivedi P
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene
Spread of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria.
Ashley EA; Dhorda M; Fairhurst RM; Amaratunga C; Lim P; Suon S; Sreng S; Anderson JM; Mao S; Sam B
The New England journal of medicine
Single dose primaquine for clearance of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes in children with uncomplicated malaria in Uganda: a randomised, controlled, double-blind, dose-ranging trial.
Eziefula AC; Bousema T; Yeung S; Kamya M; Owaraganise A; Gabagaya G; Bradley J; Grignard L; Lanke KHW; Wanzira H
The Lancet infectious diseases
Artemisinin resistance: current status and scenarios for containment.
Dondorp AM; Yeung S; White L; Nguon C; Day NPJ; Socheat D; von Seidlein L
Nature reviews Microbiology
Artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria.
Dondorp AM; Nosten F; Yi P; Das D; Phyo AP; Tarning J; Lwin KM; Ariey F; Hanpithakpong W; Lee SJ
The New England journal of medicine
Vivax malaria: Neglected and not benign
Price RN; Tjitra E; Guerra CA; Yeung S; White NJ; Anstey NM
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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