In response to the lack of knowledge of Chagas disease and lack of access to treatment for existing patients in our community we have established an non-profit organization LASOCHA with Jenny Sanchez as President and Dr. Rachel Marcus as Medical Director.
Our goal is to provide access to medical services to the at-risk Latin American community in the metropolitan Washington area, as well as to raise awareness of Chagas disease within the community and the medical community that serves at-risk patients. In the metropolitan area of the United States on the prevalence of Chagas disease.
Jenny Sanchez is President of LASOCHA (Latin American Society of Chagas) a Chagas Patient’s association in the United States. Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Pharmacy in 1994 from San Francisco Xavier University in Sucre-Bolivia. She has worked with the Red Cross, Bolivia as a supervisor of the Tuberculosis laboratory.
Furthermore, helped establish a network of TB labs in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She took a challenging role to help the laboratory become a Reference Laboratory for MDR-TB (Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis). She currently works at INOVA Diagnostic Laboratory at the Microbiology Department in the Northern Virginia.
Dr. Rachel Marcus graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1994 and worked as an intern and resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston before returning to Stanford for a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine. Because of a longstanding commitment for working with underserved communities in the U.S. and abroad she left an office practice of cardiology to join forces with Jenny Sanchez and the LASOCHA board to develop the medical program for the non-profit.
She is also helping to support research in Chagas disease in collaboration with Johns Hopkins, in addition to working as a cardiologist at Washington Hospital Center. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.