WHO FCTC Secretariat's Knowledge Hub on Surveillance

The Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) functions as a WHO FCTC Secretariat's Knowledge Hub on Surveillance, in line with Article 20 of the FCTC.

The working methods of the Knowledge Hub include, inter alia, support in data collection and analysis, production and dissemination of materials, training, workshops and consultations.  The tasks of the Knowledge Hub concern development of tobacco use surveillance mechanisms and comprehensive surveying for reliable and sustainable data collection, and the use of data for decision-making.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishment of a Knowledge Hub at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) was signed by the Convention Secretariat and the THL in December 2013. Finland renders strong and long standing support to the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Ratification of the Convention was done in 2005.

The MoU sets out THL as a Knowledge Hub in areas of THL’s expertise in relation to the Convention, and in particular in respect of promoting epidemiological surveillance and health-in-all-policies approach to support the implementation of the Convention internationally. The emphasis is on the needs of developing country Parties and Parties with economies in transition.

The WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Surveillance is one of the seven knowledge hubs that serve as collaborative partners to the Convention Secretariat. They focus their work on some articles of the Convention, and on providing assistance to Parties in their implementation of those articles.

The hubs’ task is to analyze, synthesize and disseminate knowledge and information to the Parties to the Convention. They work on matters under their expertise in relation to the Convention, in accordance with Article 22 of the FCTC (Cooperation in the scientific, technical, and legal fields and provision of related expertise).

The knowledge hubs are global in the scope of their work, and their work goes beyond the boundaries of the hosting countries, sub-regions and regions. Our Knowledge Hub is the only one in Europe, yet the tasks are global.

Learn more about the Knowledge Hub on Surveillance from our leaflet.

More information about the WHO FCTC Secretariat's Knowledge Hubs is available on the FCTC website

About THL

THL is the flagship academic institution in Finland in the area of health and welfare. THL operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. THL has strong international recognition and experience in public health, including the areas of non-communicable disease control and prevention and, particularly, promotion of epidemiological surveillance and health-in-all-policies approach.

THL leads and participates in multiple national and international surveys and projects related to the epidemiology of tobacco use; development and implementation of interventions to reduce tobacco consumption at community and individual level; development, guidance and follow-up of tobacco control policies at different levels.

Overall, THL is the principle national statistic authority in the field of health and welfare. THL studies population health and welfare, effectiveness of health and welfare policies and services, environmental health as well as social problems. THL collects and produces information on the state of health care and welfare, on social and health services as well as on diseases and their treatment.

THL develops and guides social and health care and provides expert assistance to decision-makers and service providers in Finland and abroad. THL's expertise draws on high-quality research, extensive statistics and registers, and knowledge of our interest groups' needs. THL guides and provides government services in the field of social and health care and is responsible for official duties under its purview.

Further information about THL, its functions and activities, its achievements and challenges is available on THL's international website.