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COVID-19

COVID-19 & Emerging Diseases

“When COVID-19 emerged, we realized that we had to pivot to quickly mobilize the resources needed in order to respond to the urgent calls for assistance that we were receiving.”

— Wafaa El-Sadr, ICAP Director

From the moment the first evidence of the coronavirus pandemic appeared in late 2019, ICAP at Columbia University recognized the potentially devastating impact of COVID-19 in many of the countries where it works, countries where health systems are particularly fragile. Building on nearly two decades of experience in responding to the world’s most significant public health challenges and harnessing its longstanding partnerships with ministries of health across the globe, ICAP mounted a comprehensive response to COVID-19 in 24 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas in partnership with stakeholders in each of the countries.

With tens of millions of dollars in funding raised through relentless efforts and a mandate to act quickly in the face of a dangerous and rapidly spreading disease, ICAP directed its teams and these resources to create firewalls of detection, prevention, and response to stand between the spreading virus and the communities in its path.

ICAP’s ongoing response to the continuing pandemic has spanned the gamut of public health activities, including:

  • Training of health workers
  • Standing up emergency operation centers
  • Establishing fever clinics and health brigades
  • Procuring personal protective and medical equipment
  • Identifying new prevention and treatment methods
  • Optimizing infection prevention and control
  • Supporting surveillance and conducting surveys

COVID-19 News

WHO clarifies what counts as a pathogen that can spread through the air

COVID 4 years later: Deaths down, restrictions eased for weary public, but risks remain 

ICAP Convenes Infection Prevention and Control Professionals from East Africa to Exchange Ideas and Share Lessons Learned

With ICAP’s Support, Rural Rotation for Nursing and Midwifery Students and Tele-Mentoring Program for Isolated Health Workers Improve Access to Care in DRC

(Archived Webinar) ICAP Grand Rounds Webinar — What Can I Do? Addressing the Challenge of Health Misinformation Online

Head of ICAP’s Georgia Program Discusses Wastewater Surveillance and Global and Regional Health Security During Visit to New York City

(Washington Post) Biden says ‘covid no longer controls our lives.’ Is he right?

Facing the New COVID-19 Reality

(Gothamist) NYC Records 400 COVID Deaths in 2 Weeks as PCR Testing Drops

(Wall Street Journal) U.S. will require Chinese inbound travelers to provide new crown negative reports

(CNN) 2022 ends with looming risk of a new coronavirus variant, health experts warn

(Al Jazeera) Could the world be facing another major coronavirus outbreak?

COVID-19 Resources

SARS-CoV-2 co-detection with influenza and human respiratory syncytial virus in Ethiopia: Findings from the severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) sentinel surveillance, January 01, 2021, to June 30, 2022

Participation in a 2-year Weekly Phone Surveillance System: Results from Lesotho

SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence and Vaccine Uptake among Pregnant Women at First Antenatal Care Visits in Malawi

Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in 10 Regional Capitals of Cameroon, October–December 2020

Insights on COVID-19 mortality and HIV from South Africa

Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Children and Adults in 15 US Communities, 2021

Parasitic Resilience: The Next Phase of Public Health Preparedness Must Address Power Imbalances Between Communities

Comparison of Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) incidence data from the novel LeCellPHIA participatory surveillance system with COVID-19 case count data, Lesotho, July 2020 – July 2021

Impacts of COVID-19 on sexual risk behaviors, safe injection practices, and access to HIV services among key populations in Zambia: Findings from a rapid qualitative formative assessment

Building Global Health Systems Capacity During COVID-19 to Improve Vaccination Access and Reduce Hesitancy: Case Studies in Zambia and Tanzania

Building Global Health Systems Capacity During COVID-19 to Improve Vaccination Access and Reduce Hesitancy: Case Studies in Zambia and Tanzania

Impacts of COVID-19 on sexual risk behaviors, safe injection practices, and access to HIV services among key populations in Zambia: Findings from a rapid qualitative formative assessment