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Dr Abhay Shukla is a public health physician, with a postgraduate degree in community medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He has worked on health issues in collaboration with people’s movements and grassroots NGOs in Maharashtra for two decades. He is Senior Programme Coordinator with SATHI, Pune, and is a member of advisory bodies for the National Rural Health Mission and the National Human Rights Commission. He is a national convener of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (People’s Health Movement-India) and has facilitated public hearings on right to healthcare across the country. Dr Shukla has authored and edited several books on health system issues. He has contributed to developing the framework of community-based monitoring and planning of health services at the national level and in Maharashtra. He is involved in action and research for the promotion of patient’s rights, the social regulation of the private medical sector and universal healthcare.