Global NeuroCare Statement: Addressing the UN 56th Commission for Social Development


James C. Johnston, MD, JD presented another statement to the United Nations 56th Commission for Social Development cautioning that any successful poverty reduction strategy necessitates improving access to healthcare for people with neurological disorders by increasing the recruitment, training and retention of physicians while protecting inherently vulnerable populations through ethically congruent collaborative partnerships. Dr. Johnston recommended focusing on improving the quality of care in tandem with quantity by prioritizing implementation of a development agenda with specific goals, targets and indicators promoting a Center of Excellence for Neuroscience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The full statement may be accessed in the UN document repository:


UN Accepts Global NeuroCare Statement

The United Nations ECOSOC accepted a statement by Dr. James C. Johnston on behalf of Global NeuroCare for presentation at the 55th Session of the Commission for Social Development 2017.  In that statement, Dr. Johnston highlights specific recommendations for developing and improving health care services in resource limited areas.  He also suggested appointment of a Special Rapporteur or Independent Expert with a thematic mandate of Global Health to examine, advise and publish relevant guidelines for the ethical promotion of North-South collaborative partnerships, especially in Africa.

This represents an extension of the recommendations Dr. James C. Johnston submitted for the UN ECOSOC High Level Political Forum on 27 July 2016.


Global Health Programs – How to Improve

James C. Johnston, MD, JD recently published a written statement for the High Level Political Forum of the 2016 United Nations ECOSOC meeting.   This statement raised concerns that many of the global health programs at United States academic medical centers have focused on brief, self-centered medical missions to resource limited areas, which may cause significant harm to host nations.  Recommendations for improvement were provided.  A summary of this statement is available at the UN Documents Center online, and at Researchgate.

Neurology in Ethiopia: The First Decade

The Addis Ababa University Department of Neurology in Ethiopia recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary since inception of the neurology residency training program.  To date, 28 physicians have graduated and passed their board examinations to qualify as specialists in neurology.  Dr. James C. Johnston, serving as an honorary Professor of Neurology and External Examiner for the examinations recently commented:  “These dedicated physicians are excellent clinicians providing outstanding neurological care despite severe resource limitations.”

James C. Johnston, MD, JD is also founder of the non-profit organization which focuses on improving neurological care in developing nations.  GlobalNeuroCare has maintained Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC since 2013.BlackLionHospital

Further discussion of cerebral palsy and electronic fetal monitoring

Neurologist and attorney Dr. James C. Johnston has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals discussing electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) and cerebral palsy.  In the 4 April 2016 Journal of Childhood and Developmental Disorders, Dr. James C. Johnston and Thomas P. Sartwelle discuss the myths behind EFM, outline the ethical dichotomy created by this scientifically flawed procedure, and propose a solution to change the clinical standard of care by linking EFM to the Daubert exclusionary evidence doctrine, thereby ending cerebral palsy-EFM litigation.  (See:  Thomas P. Sartwelle, BBA, LLB and James C. Johnston, MD, JD.  Cerebral Palsy and Electronic Fetal Monitoring:  Rearranging the Titanic’s Deck Chairs.   J Child and Dev Disord 2016; 2(2:5):1-10).