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

How Mapping One Epidemic Can Help Us Tackle Another

Courage to Care: Nurses as Leaders in Pandemics and Beyond

(Inverse) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr comments on Dialysis Patients may not be a Perfect Representation during the Pandemic

(Gothamist) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on a Possible Second Wave and a Return to more Restrictions

ICAP’s Coronavirus Surveillance Projects Kick-off Across the Globe

(NYT) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the Balancing Act of Reopening Schools in NYC During COVID-19

(STAT) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Comments on the Pandemic over the Next 12 Months and Beyond

(Archived Webinar) Special Webinar – The Impact of COVID-19 on the Opioid Crisis

Investments in Human Potential Saves Lives and Promotes Healthier Societies

ICAP and Columbia Health Launch COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program

(Columbia News) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Spearheads New Wastewater Sampling Program in Columbia U. Residence Halls

(Bloomberg) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Weighs in On Wedding Etiquette During COVID-19

COVID-19 Resources

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