Depression remains a neglected problem in palliative care provision across much of Africa. Measuring, monitoring and managing depression is a central element of palliative care. However, the nature of the support patients need varies vastly as understandings of depression and other mental health issues vary across Africa within different cultures and religions.
The reason for such high prevalence of depression is Africa remains unclear. However, the researchers at the University of Queensland speculated that the high levels of armed conflict was one of the main drivers for depression across areas of Africa.