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

(Star Tribune): Wafaa El-Sadr Clarifies Misreported News on False Positive COVID-19 Tests

(City&State New York): Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on How New York Can Improve Vaccine Distribution

(Democracy Now): Wafaa El-Sadr Urges Both Expansion of Vaccine Access and Continued Efforts to Stop COVID-19 Transmission

Photo Essay: ICAP Supports the Global COVID-19 Response Thanks to Funding from Dr. Bing Zhao

(CNN) Wafaa El-Sadr Condemns Vaccine Misinformation on Social Media

(Morningside Post) In New Role, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr Seeks to Harness University Knowledge to Aid COVID-19 Response

(Politico) Wafaa El-Sadr Shares Concerns about Complacency Around Coronavirus Spread

(City&State New York) Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on The Importance of Increasing Vaccination Access in Communities of Color

(The City) Wafaa El-Sadr and Experts Call for More Targeted Vaccination Campaigns in New York City

(New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr Shares Concern on Continued Spread of Virus

(ABC News) Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the Importance of Testing and Surveillance to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

(Gothamist) Wafaa El-Sadr Identifies Critical Issues Contributing to Racial Disparity in NYC Vaccine Distribution

COVID-19 Resources

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