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

(Gothamist) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the Accuracy of Antibody Testing

(WNYC) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Comments on How Fewer COVID-19 Cases are Ending up in Hospitals

(NPR) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Comments on a Possible Third Surge of COVD-19

(Wall Street Journal) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Shorter COVID-19 Quarantines to Boost Compliance

Special Webinar (Archived Recording) – COVID-19 Vaccines: Where We Stand

(NPR) ICAP’s Tiffany Harris Comments on Eating in a Plastic Dome during COVID-19

(Financial Times) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr comments on the Lockdown and its Effects on New York City

Yale’s Ann Kurth on The Shining Hour: Nursing Through Pandemic and Beyond

Rwanda has been Awarded the COVID-19 Bravery Award

SEAOHUN Year 1 Showcase | Innovation in the Face of COVID-19

ICAP Advocates for Nursing Leaders via Star-Studded Virtual Conference

(Telegraph) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on Targeted Measures to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Hot Spots

COVID-19 Resources

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