As for the eradication of illness, there were 57 million deaths in 2002, nearly 20 persons of which involved children under five. 98 per cent of those who died of communicable diseases lived in developing countries.
Communicable diseases represent seven out of the top ten causes of child deaths in developing countries. How can globalisation help? The answer lies in the steps needed to fight communicable diseases.
Interruption of transmission of the vector, be it HIV, SARS, Polio or Malaria, is the first step. Vaccinations and immunisation is the second. Post curative healthcare and administering of medicine is the third measure followed by proper nutrition and sanitary living conditions.
All these measures require the free flow of information and economic resources. Governments should cease to cling to political economies and open their doors to liberalised trade.
They should create a basic health infrastructure and educate the people on global information sharing with regard to proper sanitation.
Inviting multinationals wherever feasible and acceptable would free borders to encourage the flow of pharmaceuticals. Global health involves epidemiology, economics, demography and sociology and an open approach to free trade is the correct recipe that would help fight disease.
Until these three things - the eradication of poverty, war and communicable disease - are accomplished through globalisation, we cannot really say the world is flat.