The key issues that EMERALD addresses focus on health system inputs, processes, and outputs:
Objective 1: Adequate, fair and sustainable resourcing
To identify health system resources, financing mechanisms and information needed to scale-up (i.e. expand) mental health services and move towards universal coverage.
Objective 2: Integrated physical and mental health service provision
To evaluate the context, process, experience and health system implications of mental health service implementation.
Objective 3: Improved coverage of care and goal attainment
To develop, use and monitor indicators of mental health service coverage and system performance.
These objectives are being pursued by taking a systems approach, strengthening the ability of in-country researchers and mental health experts to communicate their messages, as well as the capacity of policy-makers and planners to make use of the information, but also involving service users and their caregivers in health system policy and planning actions alongside the necessary capacity-building processes.