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In Memoriam: Dr. Mike Bangs 1956-2021

March 15, 2021 - 09:55 -- Malaria World

 

By Michael Macdonald, Sc.D.

As many of you have learned through the recent flurry of emails across our global vector control family, on Tuesday March 9 we lost a wonderful human being and great public health entomologist, Dr. Mike Bangs.

Many have been touched by Mike’s passion for entomology, his love for the field, mentorship and support he provided to all around him.  While we were able to coax Mike just one time to the RBM VCWG meeting in a cold Geneva February (2012) to report on his private-sector work in Indonesia and Africa, Mike was the consummate field guy, most at home in Papua, Kanchanaburi or Sabah; Katanga, Cabo Delgado or Kumasi.  Mike was a brilliant entomologist and inspiring teacher working with Prof. Theeraphap at Kasetsart University in Thailand, as well as training and mentoring young entomologists across South East Asia and the Western Pacific, often through the APMEN VCWG.  Beyond his incredible technical contributions with 300+ publications, what we celebrate today is Mike’s humility, unbounded enthusiasm and joy of life that he infused in all who met him.

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In 2019 Bayer published an interview with Mike Bangs to find out more about the important work that he was doing towards eliminating malaria in the Asia-Pacific region and the role private corporations can play in disease elimination.

Read the "Interview with Dr Michael Bangs - Director of Public Health and Malaria Control Services, International SOS, Papua, Indonesia" here.