GHP was established in the year 2010 as joint initiative of the German Federal government and the German private sector and by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Nevertheless, the process towards this initiative began much earlier:
Starting in the mid 1990s, Germany’s international cooperation supporting health systems improvement among development partners began to expand beyond the scope of primary health care.
Within this broader context, the question became how to integrate proven German healthcare expertise throughout the work of policy organisations so that all stakeholders would benefit. Many government agencies and business and civil society partners from developing and newly industrialized nations were calling for increasingly adapted and integrated health products and services. A more system-oriented approach was required. Modern and holistic solutions for education and training, investment and financing, patient education and health insurance as well as maintenance and operation of hospitals needed to be developed in order to ensure sustainable and effective health sector development cooperation. The German Healthcare Partnership (GHP) stemmed from this call to apply broader German health sector expertise.
An initial working group was formed and served as a think tank which led to the establishment of the German Health Care Partnership. Participants of this first visionary working group were Wolfgang Bichmann (KfW), Bernhard Broermann (Asklepius Hospital Group), Robert Gaertner (EPOS Health Management, GOPA Group), Achim Johannsen (BMZ employee at BDI), Bernd Lunkenheimer (GIZ), Michael Rabbow (Boehringer Ingelheim), Uwe Schmidt (BMZ employee at the BDI).