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

(TheNewYorkTimes) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Comments on Being Ahead of the Curve

(TheNewYorkTimes) Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the Realities of Another Lockdown

(TheNewYorkTimes) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the lack of a Coherent Cohesive National Response to the Pandemic

(Archived Webinar) ICAP Special World AIDS Day Event — Tackling Two Pandemics: HIV and COVID-19

(Gothamist) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Different COVID Test Positivity Rates in NYC and NY State

(The Hill) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on States Starting Another COVID-19 Surge

(Hollywood Reporter) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr to Speak at a Roundtable at the Research in Action Awards

(TheNewYorkTimes) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Comments on the Rise of COVID-19 Deaths

(TheNewYorkTimes) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Comments on the Rise of COVID-19 Deaths

ICAP Supports Multi-Sectoral, ‘One Health’ Efforts to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance in Eswatini

ICAP Webinar Provides Latest Update on the Development of COVID-19 Vaccines

(Gothamist) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Averting Another Public School Shutdown Due to the Decline of Positive COVID-19 Rates in New York City

COVID-19 Resources

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