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We have argued that global health is a comprehensive entity that resembles a human body. Just as optimal function of the human body relies on optimal operation of all its organs, optimal function of global health must rely on health of every of every individual. This means that the work of producing global health is the work on producing health in every individual in the world. Depiction of global health as health matters traversing national boundaries denies us the means to comprehend global health. We can know global health by knowing how to produce health in every individual in the world.
Human beings are only capable of knowing something by its physical appearance. For example, we know a person by his or her physical body, even though the person is not the body. The name of a person is a metaphysical representation of the body that the person inhabits. To date, global health is a metaphysical concept that has no physical form. In the absence of a physical body we do not know what the metaphysical concept of global health represents.
A retail clinical center is the physical body that the metaphysical concept of global health represents. Just as a human body has many organs to function correctly, a retail clinical center has multiple components including medical clinic, a retail store and a series of workshops for adding value to local goods and services. The workshops and retail store drive the local economy, creating sustainable wealthy people.
As the body of global health, the retail clinical center an efferent or sensory function that senses the changes in the environment, and efferent or motor function that responds to the changes in the environment. The sensory and motor functions work together through community workers armed with smart applications loaded on a mobile device. The community workers with smart devices form a reflex arc that helps the body of global health to detect and respond to the changes in social, health, economic and environmental conditions.
To produce health of every individual in the world, and therefore global, we have to build retail clinical centers in every village. Production of health of an individual relies on production of health of animals and the environment (One-Health). We argue that is impossible to achieve One-Health among the poor people, because people without money have little choice about the environment where they live, or about how they interact with animals. Economic development is the 4th element that ties the three elements of One Health together to create sustainable One Health Communities (SOHCs).
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