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

“There’s No Need to Re-invent the Wheel,” Wafaa El-Sadr Reiterates on Columbia Business School’s Three-Part Podcast on the COVID-19 Vaccines

Mozambique Study Suggests Solutions for Restoring Health Systems in the Wake of Climate Change Disasters and Pandemics

(The New York Times) Wafaa El-Sadr Highlights Pace of COVID-19 Vaccination in New York City

(The Wall Street Journal) Jessica Justman Informs Ways to Travel Smartly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Building Lab Capacity, ICAP Collaborates with Kyrgyz Republic to Respond to COVID-19

(The City) Jessica Justman Comments on Delta Variant and the Risks for Unvaccinated Populations

(Financial Times) Wafaa El-Sadr Offers Perspective on Easing of Restrictions and Uptick of COVID-19 Variants

(Times News Express) Wafaa El-Sadr Speaks About Increase in COVID-19 Cases

(Fox 5 News) Wafaa El-Sadr Discusses Vulnerability of Unvaccinated Populations

(Medical News Today) Jessica Justman Explains Which Populations May Require Booster Shots to Prevent COVID-19

(Center for an Urban Future) Wafaa El-Sadr Spotlights Need to Prepare for the Next Pandemic

Survey of Older New Yorkers Uncovers Worrisome Effects of Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources

John Hopkins COVID-19 Global Cases Dashboard

nCoV2019.live Global Dashboard

LitCovid Hub for COVID-19 Scientific Information

U.S. CDC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) News and Updates

ICAP Grand Rounds Webinar (archived recording): The Global Coronavirus Outbreak