This article by Tegegne in Medicine Conflict and Survival 2008 The primary solution of global poor health and poverty vol 24, pp 107-114 is a thoughtful discussion of this massive problem.
There is a huge global burden of disease and mortality. The principal underlying cause is regarded as poverty. This is associated with a global order of fear, over-consumption, over-population and violence, which can interact in a vicious circle. It is proposed that the solution to the problem is not only the relief of poverty, but the institution of a new order in which the individual is sovereign. This in turn requires a trinity of ideals for the individual: self-control to avoid over-consumption, altruism to cope with fear, and peace to manage violence.
- Martin Eastwood