The network was founded in the 1970’s to promote the concept of Primary Health Care (PHC).

Over the years, the group expanded its activities beyond PHC: In the wake of the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma Ata, in 1978 further needs to make PHC a reality were identified and promoted:

– Promotion of people’s participation,

– Strengthen means of communication at all levels,

– Encourage cooperation between NGOs within countries,

– Find a new style of coordination at local, regional and international level.

1997, the organisation decided to expand further and changed its name to its present NGO Forum for Health. The new name invites and encourages multi-sectoral presence and cooperation.