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[Correspondence] Global surgery initiative in Greece: more than an essential initiative

Conditions that are treated primarily or frequently with surgery constitute a substantial portion of the global disease burden. At the same time, development of safe, essential, life-saving surgical and anaesthesia care in low-income and middle-income countries has stagnated or regressed.1 In 2012, injuries caused nearly 5 million deaths and 270 000 women died from complications during pregnancy. Many of these injury-related and obstetric-related deaths, as well as deaths cause by abdominal emergencies, could be prevented by improved access to surgical care.