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

(AP) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr: Physicians Touting Unscientific Information for Political Reasons “Totally Irresponsible”

(EITB.eus) María Lahuerta Speaks on COVID-19 Vaccine Development

(Antena 3) María Lahuerta: “Coronavirus ‘trackers’ will be key to preventing outbreaks”

(NHK World Japan) Susan Michaels-Strasser Speaks to the Mental Health of Nurses During COVID-19

(Antena 3) María Lahuerta: Spanish COVID-19 Response Hinges on Trained ‘Trackers’

(Voice of America) María Lahuerta Answers Questions about COVID-19

(El Mundo) María Lahuerta: Testing and Data are Essential to COVID-19 Response

(Zimbabwe Daily) COVID-19 Anthem “Celebrates the Power of Community”

(Bloomberg) Jessica Justman on Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

(New Scientist) ICAP’s Wafaa El-Sadr on Easing of COVID-19 Lockdowns in African Countries

(ANAC) ICAP’s Susan Michaels-Strasser Speaks on the Role of HIV Nurses in the COVID-19 Response

(CGTN.com) Jessica Justman on COVID-19 Vaccine Development

COVID-19 Resources

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