London, 14 January 2011: Malaria Consortium has conducted a mass drug administration for trachoma in Unity State, Southern Sudan, where the disease is endemic and up to 80% of children are infected with the bacterium.Trachoma infection usually begins in childhood, transmitted by flies or unwashed hands and face cloths. Years of repeated infection causes the eyelids to turn inwards leading to constant pain and often leaving people blind. Our new slideshow illustrates how Malaria Consortium has conducted a round of mass drug administration in Mayom County, Unity State, treating 123,760 individuals with antibiotics. Health promotion activities were also used to mobilise the community and increase awareness on how trachoma is transmitted and what people can do to prevent infection. The mass drug administration will be scaled up to cover all of Unity State for trachoma during 2011 and will be continued over five years. The programme is supported by the USAID funded National Neglected Tropical Disease Control Program. Please click on the image below to open a new window to view the slideshow.