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

(BEQUES CAIXA) Maria Lahuerta Speaks with Spanish Media on COVID-19

(Crain’s New York) Jessica Justman Comments on Herd Immunity and Digital Divide

(The New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr on Vaccinating Prisoners

(Wall Street Journal) Jessica Justman Answers WSJ’s Questions on Travelling After Being Vaccinated

(Wall Street Journal) NYC Mayoral Campaign Season is an Opportunity to Focus on Public Health, says Wafaa El-Sadr

(Washington Post) Wafaa El-Sadr: U.S. Government Should Negotiate with Private Sector to Ensure that COVID-19 Vaccine Patents are Available to All

(Newsday) Loosening COVID-19 Restrictions in the Middle of a Pandemic is “Alarming,” says Wafaa El-Sadr

ICAP Makes Its Mark at CROI 2021

ICAP and the Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian Reach to Train Next Generation of Health Leaders

(News 24 Co) Wafaa El-Sadr Speaks with French Media on New CDC Guidelines

(XINHUANET) Wafaa El-Sadr Cautions Relaxation of COVID-19 Restrictions

(Today) Wafaa El-Sadr on Reopening Schools in Fall 2021

COVID-19 Resources

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