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

(The Hill) Susan Michaels-Strasser on Protecting our Frontline Health Workers during COVID-19

ICAP Supports Largest Referral Hospital in Western Kenya with COVID-19 Testing and Screening Protocols

(CCTV China) Wafaa El-Sadr: “We have learned a lot from Chinese data”

(Xinhua) Wafaa El-Sadr Welcomes U.S.-China Scientific Collaboration on COVID-19

(Uptown Radio) Jessica Justman on NYC Pilot Plan to Close Streets to Create Public Space

(TIME) Jessica Justman on Safe Shopping Practices during COVID-19

(Archived Webinar) ICAP Grand Rounds Webinar: Social Distancing

(TIME) Susan Michaels-Strasser on Increased Demand for Nurses during COVID-19

(MarketWatch) Jessica Justman on Demographic Factors in NYC’s COVID-19 Epidemic

(The New Yorker) Wafaa El-Sadr on the Arc of China’s COVID-19 Epidemic

(Pro Publica) Jessica Justman on Benefits and Risks of COVID-19 Outbreak Information

March 25 University Life COVID-19 Panel with Wafaa El-Sadr

COVID-19 Resources

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