By improving how primary care is provided in the rural health centres in Northern Samar, the project contributes to the alleviation of poverty. It is so important that health concerns of poor people are addressed effectively to avoid serious illness, complications, and hospitalization which aggravate their already impoverished state. Prevention is better than cure. Early treatment is better than late treatment.
This research project has provided UK and Philippine researchers the opportunity to develop a cross-cultural understanding of the way primary care is practiced in their respective countries. While the contexts are different, there are common lessons. For example, it is important for health personnel to work effectively in teams so that burdens and tasks are shared towards addressing the concerns of patients as well as those of their families and communities.