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Global NeuroCare Supports UN Commission for Social Development

Dr. James C Johnston

Dr. James C. Johnston is an accomplished physician who earned his doctor of medicine over thirty years ago and completed a neurology residency at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He is board certified in neurology and holds additional certification in rehabilitation. Additionally, Dr. Johnston is an attorney licensed by the Supreme Courts of Texas and Washington, and a Barrister of the High Court of New Zealand.

Dr. James C. Johnston founded the international medical nonprofit organization Global NeuroCare in 2010 (formerly NeuroCare Ethiopia). Global NeuroCare is dedicated to advancing neurological services in developing regions, especially Ethiopia. This organization holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC, is accredited by the World Health Organization and affiliated with the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa.

Consistent with this established ECOSOC partnership, Dr. James C. Johnston recently released a statement on behalf of Global NeuroCare supporting the 55th session of the United Nations Commission for Social Development, a follow up to the World Summit for Social Development and the 24th Special Session of the General Assembly. Dr. Johnston concurred with the Commission’s goal of reducing global premature mortality from non-communicable disease by one-third before the year 2030, and provided specific recommendations to meet this goal. In particular, he advised that that the most effective means of combating non-communicable diseases is to foster the recruitment, training, and retention of skilled medical professionals in developing regions which comports with Sustainable Development Goal 3(c) of the 2030 Agenda. Dr. Johnston outlined an eight point plan for model guidelines enabling the ethical promotion of collaborative partnerships between the North and South, thereby improving targeted capacity building in developing regions while simultaneously protecting vulnerable populations that are at risk of exploitation.

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