Sore throat management in the community

Sore throat is generally a self-limiting condition that usually has no significant long-term harmful effects on health. It consists of a painful, dry or scratchy feeling in the throat. Pharmacists play an important role in supporting self-care in cases of sore throat and can thus avoid patients’ unnecessary use of other healthcare resources and the unwarranted use of antimicrobials. This series includes six videos on different aspects of sore throat management, from causes and symptoms, to triage and pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options.

Antimicrobial resistance

This video summarises the problem of the unwarranted use of antibiotics to treat non-bacterial sore throat and how this contributes to the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

22 November 2022

Speaker: Sabiha Essack, Professor: Pharmaceutical Sciences, South African Research Chair in Antibiotic Resistance & One Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


Sabiha Essack is the research chair in antibiotic resistance and professor in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

Prof. Essack is vice chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Antimicrobial Resistance, senior implementation research advisor at the International Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions in Denmark and member of the International Pharmacy Federation AMR Commission. Prof. Essack is chair of the Global Respiratory Infection Partnership, serves on the advisory board of the Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator in the US, the Fleming Fund Expert Advisory Group in the UK, the Market Analysis Expert Advisory Group of the Global AMR Research and Development Hub in Germany and is a member of the Wellcome Trust Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Infections Consortium. She served as vice chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on AMR at its inception, the South African Chapter of the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership and the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme.