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

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

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

(City & State NY) Wafaa El-Sadr Weighs in on COVID-19 Response Successes and Failures

(The New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr on Large Number of COVID-19 Cases in New York City

(City & State NY) Tiffany Harris Comments on Herd Immunity and COVID-19 Restrictions

(aidsmap) Tiffany Harris Spotlights Resiliency of HIV Programs During COVID-19

(Marketplace) Wafaa El-Sadr Emphasizes Equity in Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines

(Voice of America) Tiffany Harris Speaks with Adam Philips On The Challenges of Accurate COVID-19 Testing and Infection Statistics in Africa

(Time) Jessica Justman Explains Why Lower Income Families in the U.S. Are More Likely to Access Basic Health Care During the Pandemic

(ABC News) Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Falling COVID-19 Testing Levels While Vaccinations Rise

ICAP Works with Local Partners in Mozambique to Expand Access to Early Infant Diagnosis for HIV in the Midst of the COVID-19 Crisis

(The New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Slow Decrease of COVID-19 Transmission in New York City

COVID-19 Resources

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