Giving "Sadness" a Name: The Need for Integrating Depression Treatment into HIV Care in Uganda

J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. Mar-Apr 2015;14(2):108-11. doi: 10.1177/2325957414557265. Epub 2014 Nov 5.


Depression is common among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and can have significant consequences for HIV disease progression, treatment response and prevention. Yet mental health services are limited in most HIV care programs in this region, in part due to severe shortages of mental health professionals. To address the need for establishing an effective, sustainable model for integrating depression treatment into HIV care in SSA, we have embarked upon a 3-year research project, INDEPTH Uganda (INtegrating DEPression Treatment and in HIV care in Uganda), to evaluate a task-sharing, protocolized approach to providing antidepressant care in ten HIV clinics in Uganda. In this paper we share our experiences with two treated cases identified during the initial days of implementation, which we believe highlight the potential value and policy implications for task shifting depression care models in under-resourced settings.

Keywords: Uganda; antidepressants.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antidepressive Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Depression / drug therapy*
  • Depression / etiology
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / complications*
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Uganda
  • Young Adult


  • Antidepressive Agents