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

(Wall Street Journal) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Two COVID-19 Vaccines Available in U.S.

(ABCNews) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Addresses the Need for Everyone to Receive Both Doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine.

(TheNewYorkTimes) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Co-Authors Commentary on the Need for More COVID-19 Vaccines.

(WNYC) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Discusses the Latest Developments Surrounding the COVID-19 Vaccines.

(The Guardian) As COVID-19 Claims More Lives, ICAP’s Jessica Justman Offers Some Suggestions Amid Vaccine Chaos.

(ABCNewsOnline) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Takes A Look Back at How the Coronavirus Pandemic Defined 2020.

(Gothamist) Jessica Justman Reflects on the Allergic Reaction to the COVID-19 Vaccine by A NYC Health Care Worker.

(TheNewYorker) ICAP’s Yen Pottinger Featured in: The Plague Year – The Mistakes and the Struggles Behind America’s Coronavirus Tragedy.

(SpectrumNews) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Addresses What Can be Done to Speed up the Pace of COVID-19 Vaccination in New York.

(TheNewYorkTimes) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the Pace of COVID-19 vaccination in New York.

(WNYC News) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Speaks to Sean Carlson on What Comes Next for COVID-19 Vaccination.

(City & State New York) ICAP’s Wafaa El- Sadr Comments on How New York Should be Preparing for the Mutated Coronavirus Variant.

COVID-19 Resources

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