Imperial College London

DrShyam SundarBudhathoki

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Teaching Fellow (Global Health)



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Shyam coordinates the intercalating BSc in Global Health (iBSc GH) course for medical students at Imperial College London. Within the course, he leads the Science in Context module, which is mainly the Community Group Placements at the local community-based organisations for self-directed experiential learning of global health issues faced by communities within London.

Shyam received his MBBS from Tianjin Medical University, China and his Doctor of Medicine (MD) in Community Medicine & Tropical Diseases from Nepal.  Shyam has a Master of Public Health from the Royal Tropical Institute, Netherlands, where he researched the motivations of medical students to work in rural areas after graduation.

Before joining Imperial, Shyam had been working in academic roles (Associate/Assistant Professor) at the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal, teaching medical, dental, nursing and public health students at undergraduate/postgraduate levels including Master of Public Health course between 2012 till 2019. Shyam has experiences in leading teaching/research for medical students in community settings as family health exercises and community diagnosis programs. Shyam was instrumental in starting and coordinating 2 weeks-Global Medicine Course for the medical and nursing students of Uppsala University, Sweden in Nepal.

As a clinician, Shyam has experiences working as a Primary care doctor for the Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal and a community physician in rural areas of eastern Nepal. Shyam has research experiences in different areas of public health mostly focusing on low- and middle-income countries. He has contributed as a consultant in Nepal for evaluating the Tobacco Control policies and MPOWER package of WHO in the Southeast Asia region in 2017. Shyam also has experience as a guest lecturer in Indonesia, facilitator in sessions for health literacy in the SDG era for the Southeast Asia region of WHO and speaker in public health seminars/workshops for different organisations. Shyam also successfully co-led the local production and promotion of the reusable sanitary napkins initiative for women and girls affected by the massive earthquake of 2015 in Nepal.

His research interests/involvements include:

  • Health literacy as a tool to address health inequities in populations,
  • Health promotion for the control of non-communicable diseases, especially tobacco control,
  • Reproductive, maternal, child and neonatal health in low resource settings,
  • Health systems research focusing on low- and middle-income countries.

Shyam is also currently affiliated with the PLoS One and PLoS Global Public Health journal as Academic Editor and BMC Women’s Health journal as Associate Editor.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Budhathoki SS, Sunny AK, Paudel PG, et al., 2020, Epidemiology of neonatal infections in hospitals of Nepal: evidence from a large- scale study, Archives of Public Health, Vol:78, ISSN:0778-7367, Pages:1-8

Bhatt N, Bhatt B, Gurung S, et al., 2020, Perceptions and experiences of the public regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal: a qualitative study using phenomenological analysis, Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:e043312-e043312

Adhikari B, Budhathoki SS, 2020, Silver-lining in the time of mayhem: The role of local governments of nepal during the covid-19 pandemic, Journal of Nepal Medical Association, Vol:58, ISSN:0028-2715, Pages:960-964

Pyakurel P, Shrestha A, Karmacharya BM, et al., 2020, Worksite intervention study to prevent diabetes in Nepal: a randomised trial protocol, Open Heart, Vol:7, ISSN:2053-3624, Pages:1-8

Poudel PG, Sunny AK, Gurung R, et al., 2020, Prevalence, risk factors and consequences of newborns born small for gestational age: a multi-site study in Nepal, Bmj Paediatrics Open, Vol:4, ISSN:2399-9772, Pages:1-9

Kc A, Jha AK, Shrestha MP, et al., 2020, Trends for neonatal deaths in Nepal (2001-2016) to project progress towards the SDG target in 2030, and risk factor analyses to focus action, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Vol:24, ISSN:1092-7875, Pages:1-10

Budhathoki SS, Bhandari A, Gurung R, et al., 2020, Stunting among under 5-year-olds in Nepal: trends and risk factors., Maternal and Child Health Journal, Vol:24, ISSN:1092-7875, Pages:39-47

Gurung R, Zaka N, Budhathoki SS, et al., 2019, Study protocol: Impact of quality improvement interventions on perinatal outcomes in health facilities—a systematic review, Systematic Reviews, Vol:8, ISSN:2046-4053, Pages:1-7

Bhatt N, Budhathoki SS, Lucero-Prisno DEI, et al., 2019, What motivates open defecation? A qualitative study from a rural setting in Nepal, PLOS One, Vol:14, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-15

Budhathoki SS, Gurung R, Ewald U, et al., 2019, Does the Helping Babies Breathe Programme impact on neonatal resuscitation care practices? Results from systematic review and meta‐analysis, Acta Paediatrica, Vol:108, ISSN:0365-1436, Pages:806-813

Macfarlane CL, Budhathoki SS, Johnson S, et al., 2019, Albendazole alone or in combination with microfilaricidal drugs for lymphatic filariasis, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Vol:Issue 1, ISSN:1469-493X

Budhathoki SS, Pokharel PK, Jha N, et al., 2019, Health literacy of future healthcare professionals: a cross-sectional study among health sciences students in Nepal, International Health, Vol:11, ISSN:1876-3405, Pages:15-23

Budhathoki SS, Bhattachan M, Castro Sanchez EM, et al., 2018, Menstrual hygiene management among women and adolescent girls in the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal: A descriptive study, Bmc Women's Health, Vol:18, ISSN:1472-6874

Budhathoki SS, Bhattachan M, Pokharel PK, et al., 2017, Reusable sanitary towels: promoting menstrual hygiene in post-earthquake Nepal, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Vol:43, ISSN:1471-1893, Pages:157-159

Budhathoki SS, Pokharel PK, Good S, et al., 2017, The potential of health literacy to address the health related UN sustainable development goal 3 (SDG3) in Nepal: a rapid review, BMC Health Services Research, Vol:17, ISSN:1472-6963, Pages:1-13

Budhathoki SS, Zwanikken PAC, Pokharel PK, et al., 2017, Factors influencing medical students' motivation to practise in rural areas in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review, Bmj Open, Vol:7, ISSN:2044-6055

Budhathoki SS, Gelband H, 2016, Manmade earthquake: the hidden health effects of a blockade-induced fuel crisis in Nepal, Bmj Global Health, Vol:1, ISSN:2059-7908, Pages:1-2

Budhathoki SS, Bhattachan M, Yadav AK, et al., 2016, Eco-social and behavioural determinants of diarrhoea in under-five children of Nepal: a framework analysis of the existing literature., Trop Med Health, Vol:44, ISSN:1348-8945

Budhathoki SS, Singh SB, Sagtani RA, et al., 2014, Awareness of occupational hazards and use of safety measures among welders: a cross-sectional study from eastern Nepal, Bmj Open, Vol:4, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-6

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