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

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

ICAP Grand Rounds Webinar (Archived) — 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?

(THE US Sun) ‘PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER’ China’s ‘thermonuclear’ Covid hell should spell a warning for the U.S. expert says as they warn of ‘vaccine fatigue’

ICAP Demonstrates Critical Improvements in Infection Prevention and Control at Health Facilities in Ethiopia

SILVER Study Reveals Continued Mental Health Distress Experienced by Older New Yorkers from the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources

Implications from COVID-19 for future pandemic Global Health Governance

Facing the New Covid-19 Reality

The psychological impact, risk factors and coping strategies to COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers in the sub-Saharan Africa: a narrative review of existing literature

SILVER Study Among Older New Yorkers: Round 2

Innovations, adaptations, and accelerations in the delivery of HIV services during COVID-19

ICAP Grand Rounds (Archived Recording) – COVID-19 and Older New Yorkers: Findings from the SILVER II Survey

COVID-19 Clinical Management Training Package

Fighting COVID-19 pandemic fatigue and complacency in Zimbabwe

Post-vaccination outcomes in association with four COVID-19 vaccines in the Kingdom of Bahrain

Hesitancy, ignorance or uncertainty? The need for effective communication strategies as Zimbabwe’s uptake of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses remains poor

Associations between living arrangement and sexual and gender minority stressors among university students since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 vaccine uptake and factors associated with being unvaccinated among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexual identities (LGBTQ+) New Yorkers