A neurologist with more than three decades of experience, James C. Johnston, MD, JD, has driven operations at Global NeuroCare in the role of director since founding the 501(c)(3) organization in 2008. Under the guidance of Dr. James C. Johnston, the organization works toward enhancing the standards and availability of neurological offerings in university and hospital settings throughout developing countries.
Global NeuroCare maintains a strict set of criteria when it comes to identifying the most in-need regions in which to work. Ethiopia represents one such region, burdened, along with other sub-Saharan African nations, by 24 percent of all global disease but just 3 percent of the world’s healthcare workers. These dire circumstances profoundly impact the more than 100 million people inhabiting the Horn of Africa, at the center of which is Ethiopia.
The complexities of Ethiopia’s medical landscape cannot be understated. Decades of considerable political, social, and economic challenges have left the nation as arguably the most medically underserved region in the world, a situation frequently exacerbated by outbreaks of infectious diseases. Neurological conditions are particularly challenging in the region, as the country has fewer than 40 neurologists, or one for every four to five million individuals.
Global NeuroCare is accredited by the World Health Organization and holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC which allows James C. Johnston, MD, JD to serve as a Delegate at UN meetings where he focuses recommendations on advancing neurological services in Ethiopia and other developing regions. Please visit www.globalneurocare.org for more information.