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

ICAP Launches Study to Assess Impact of COVID-19 Among New York City’s LGBTQ+ Community

REACH Fellows Complete Second Week of ICAP-Led Training on Emergency Preparedness

(Newsday) Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions in NYC

(CNBC) Wafaa El-Sadr Encourages Efforts to Reach Vaccination Targets Across the US

Through Her Darkest Moments, ICAP’s Enala Daudi Found Her Purpose as a Community Health Worker

(The New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr Shares Concern Over Lifting of Virus Restrictions

(NBC News) Wafaa El-Sadr Highlights Uptick in Prevalence of COVID-19 Delta Variant

(MDalert) Jessica Justman Offers Perspective on New Study of Cancer and COVID-19

(CNBC) Wafaa El-Sadr Underscores Importance of Monitoring COVID-19 Cases

(The New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr Explains How Memorial Day Travel May Contribute to COVID-19 Surges

(Bloomberg) Jessica Justman Comments on Social Distancing for Vaccinated Populations

(CBS News) Jessica Justman Discusses US Government’s Report on Origins of COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources

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