Tuberculosis (TB) Treatment Assistance Program
The TB Treatment Assistance Program, administered by the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, is designed to assist local health departments with the treatment of TB clients by providing funding to purchase treatment assistance aids that will encourage clients to complete therapy. The statewide treatment assistance program is federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the State of Wisconsin Division of Public Health's TB Program and, therefore, must meet specific criteria and guidelines.
The program is to be used primarily for clients who have active TB disease, but it can also be used for clients on treatment for Latent TB Infection (LTBI) to encourage and reward them along the course of their treatment. Being on medications for weeks, months, or in some cases, years, is not easy. Everyone receiving TB treatment needs the support and encouragement of their health-care providers. Experienced TB control programs have proven that the minimal costs for providing treatment assistance aids is well worth the effort. Enablers and Incentives by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the American Lung Association of South Carolina, and Tuberculosis Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Client Care by the National TB Controllers Association both provide excellent perspectives on the delivery of meaningful care that encourages persons battling TB to sustain their efforts.