GHA BACKGROUND

The GHA – German Health Alliance has been established by uniting the member organizations, activities and competencies of the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP), the German Healthcare Export Group (GHEG) and the German-Sino Healthcare Group (GSHCG). The experience of GHA is therefore based on almost 30 years of activities with international focus.

In the German Healthcare Partnership (GHP), 52 leading German actors from the private sector, the non-governmental sector, and science & academia have been active, covering a broad range of health expertise and addressing the international demand for healthcare system know-how and highest quality solutions & services by building partnerships in Global Health and by providing systemic strategies for strengthening health systems and health infrastructures.

The German Healthcare Partnership (GHP) has been renamend to GHA – German Health Alliance in July 2019.

GHP – was established in the year 2010 as joint initiative of the German Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German private sector through 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 Healthcare Partnership. Participants of this first visionary working group were Wolfgang Bichmann (KfW), Bernhard Broermann (Asklepius Hospital Group), Dr Robert Gaertner (EPOS Health Management, GOPA Group), Achim Johannsen (BMZ employee at BDI), Bernd Lunkenheimer (GIZ), Dr Michael Rabbow (Boehringer Ingelheim), Uwe Schmidt (BMZ employee at the BDI).

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