EMERALD stands for Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries. The project started in November 2012 and is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.

The objective of the EMERALD Project is to improve mental health outcomes by enhancing health system performance. Specifically, the EMERALD Project aims to identify key health system barriers to, and solutions for, the scaled-up delivery of mental health services in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs), and by doing so improve mental health outcomes in a fair and efficient way.

EMERALD brings together specialised psychiatrists from Europe, Africa and Asia and is centrally coordinated by Prof. Graham Thornicroft of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.

On the following pages you will find more information about the group, the project and our dissemination activities as well as a contact form to get in touch with us.

Ghana: World Mental Health Day 2009, Mental Health and Poverty Project, Ghana site; Copyright: UCT / MHaPP Ghana


Emerald at the European Parliament

On 22 January 2014 Prof. Graham Thornicroft was invited to a meeting on "Discrimination in access to healthcare" at the European parliament in Brussels. The Emerald coordinator presented to the members of the European parliament on "Discrimination in health care against people with mental illness" and engaged the MEPs in a discussion on this important topic.

Prof. Graham Thornicroft at the European Parliament's Workshop on Discrimination in access to healthcare

M.Sc. Studentship

The EMERALD project awards this MSc studentship (in Global Mental Health) in order to build capacity in mental health system delivery and performance in EMERALD countries (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda).

Open to residents of the following countries: Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria, Nepal, India, Ethiopia

Deadline for applications: 30th April 2014

Overall value of the funding: 35860 (22660 for fees + 13200 for living costs)

Shortlisting by 15th May 2014
Interviews by phone/Skype (early June 2014)

See the selection criteria / entrance requirements and Application details