Scott Filler has worked as a Senior Disease Coordinator for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in the Strategy, Investment, and Impact Division since 2011. Working in Geneva, Switzerland, Scott Filler, with The Global Fund’s partners, ensures resources are invested properly with good interventions that will have a strong impact for the cause. Scott also plays a strong role in investment strategy and decision making in accordance with The Global Fund’s strategy.
Scott Filler was born in New York and moved to California when he was very young. He grew up in San Francisco until he graduated high school. After high school, he went on to Brown University where he had a combined degree in biology and applied mathematics. His junior year of college, Scott was able to work a semester in Kenya. In his time there he got malaria and became very ill. He decided on that trip that he wanted to have an impact in funding malaria studies, research, and treatment. Scott graduated from Brown University with honors and was set up well for the next chapter of his life.
Scott spent three years working for a management consulting firm prior to returning to the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine to continue his education. After receiving his MD, Scott completed internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado. When his clinical training was over, Scott joined the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. Scott stayed on with CDC until moving to Geneva in 2011 to become the Senior Disease Coordinator for malaria at The Global Fund.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
The fight against the devastating diseases of AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria is in a shift in the last decade as HIV infections have been in decline in the countries where it is most prevalent, more countries have found themselves in the position to eliminate the chances of getting malaria, and deaths related to tuberculosis could be halved by 2015 compared to 1990. The Global Fund has been a strong reason for this shift since its inception in 2002.
The Global Fund became the main multilateral funder soon after its founding in global health. It is responsible for channeling 21 percent of international financing for the fight against AIDS, 50 percent for malaria, and 82 percent of international financing for the fight against tuberculosis. Because inadequate health systems are the main hurdle keeping interventions for better health outcomes in HIV, AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis from happening, The Global Fund also funds advancement for health systems.
The Global Fund has helped with funding to fight these diseases in over 140 countries and each investment is watched closely to make sure it has a strong impact for the cause.