The GCC ministries of health formed the “GCC Heart Disease Committee” in 1999 which established the GHA in 2002.Most members of the GHA are physicians working for ministries of health or government hospitals.
GHA is an independent organization sharing the same aims with the ministries of health in promoting health and combating heart disease. The GHA is working with Ministries of Health to achieve its humane goals. The GCC Ministries of Health asked the GHA through the GCC Heart Disease Committee” to establish primary prevention programs to combat cardiovascular disease in the region and establish a unified registry for heart disease in the GCC states.
The ministers supported the GHA plans and they promised to help and facilitate its activities. In January 2003, the GCC ministers agreed to have a GHA representative attend their meetings.