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

(NYT) Wafaa El-Sadr: New Data Shows the Magnitude of the COVID-19 Pandemic in NYC

(Mailman School) COVID-19 from Virus to Vaccine Biological, Clinical, and Public Health Dimensions Live-stream Lectures, Virtual Labs, and Discussions

(CNN) Wafaa El-Sadr on How Stores Can Make Airflow Safer for Customers

(New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr on Tips to Prepare for Returning Back to Work

(Australia’s ABC News) Wafaa El-Sadr on How to Best Reach Young People with Health Information During the COVID Pandemic

(Healthline) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr Cites “Premature Easing” of COVID-19 Control Measures as Cause of Second European Surge

[STAT] What is nursing?

(National Geographic) Wafaa El-Sadr’s Tips for Going Camping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(Columbia Spectator) Wafaa El-Sadr: The Success of NYC’s Open Streets Program on Columbia’s Campus Will Depend on the Community

Resolve to Save Lives and ICAP Prepare Primary Health Care Workers in Mozambique for COVID-19 Prevention, Care, and Treatment

(NPR) ICAP’s Jessica Justman Speaks to the Potential of Convalescent Plasma Treatment Therapies

From HIV to COVID-19, at ICAP’s Bronx and Harlem Prevention Centers, Cutting-Edge Research Meets Community Outreach

COVID-19 Resources

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