The ASEAN Institute for Health Development, formerly known as the Training Center for
Primary Health Development (ATC/PHC), was established in October 1982 as part of the ASEAN Human
Resource Development Project supported by the government of Japan under the leading
initiative of H.E. Zenko Suzuki, then Prime Minister of Japan. The ATC/PHC project was jointly
proposed by Mahidol University and the Ministry of Public Health. The Japanese government
approved a technical grant in the amount of US$20 million for the project. The agreement-signing
ceremony for the technical cooperation between Mahidol University and the Ministry of Public
Health, as representative of the Thai government, was held on 29 September 1982, while the
signing of the technical cooperation with the Japanese government was organized one month later.
From these agreements, the ATC/PHC, under the care of the Ministry of Public Health, was set up
at the Salaya Campus of Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom province, along with four regional
centers, located in the provinces of Khon Kaen, Chon Buri, Nakhon Sawan, and Nakhon Sri
Thammarat. Prior to the construction of the center at Salaya Campus, the ATC/PHC began its
operation in a temporary office at the Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University on Rajvithi
Road, Bangkok, and later moved to the Administrative Center of the Salaya Campus. The
construction of the center finally commenced in 1983.