Tuesday,9 in February 2021 Latin America - COVID 19 March 31, 2020 – Latin America and COVID-19 By 19th of March, all Latin American countries had already presented cases of patients infected with the novel COVID-19, after Haiti confirming its first case. During the primary months of 2020, Latin America’s population saw an alarming increase in the number of people contaminated by the virus in Asia and Europe, although still without having cases in the region. However, after the first confirmation of occurrence appearing in Brazil on the 23rd of February and the first death been declared in Argentina on March 7th, the number of cases today has exponentially raised, achieving 11,000 of infected patients and more than 250 deaths. Most countries in the region are following the main orientations of the World Health Organization in concern of how to deal with the rapid spread of the disease and the challenges of the new pandemic, but the speed of the measures taken, as well as the degree of serious policies, differs from country to country. For instance, Bolivia and Peru have taken fast and serious procedures, with the declaration of “state of emergency” by their governments and the imposition of national quarantines, following by the application of fines and imprisonment for offenders. Others, such as Brazil and Mexico, have taken milder and inconsistent measures, including statements by their respective presidents that minimize the seriousness of the current situation and paradoxically go against the WHO recommendations. As well as what is occurring all around the world, coronavirus infections have not reached their peak in the region. Nevertheless, the challenges facing the developing world are particularly problematic, especially in regards to their fragile economies and health systems when compared to wealthier countries around the globe. Indeed, different Latin American countries are already suffering from the lack of beds in hospitals, respirators, ventilators, and necessary equipment for treating patients. Moreover, there is already a shortage of protective equipment materials for health professionals, which would eventually increase the number of infected people and decrease the number of professionals able to work in hospitals. This scenario, unfortunately, tends to worsen exponentially, as more cases reach these countries, and, therefore, the possibility of an eventual collapse of the health system reaches. To better understand the scenario of the novel coronavirus in the developing world, in addition to discussing how Israel and the Jewish world can help with COVID-19 outbreak in these countries, the Society for International Development SID- Israel is organizing a web seminar, that will take place on March 31st from 18:00 to 20:00.