Mulago is a private foundation designed and built to carry on the life work of Rainer Arnhold.Rainer, a San Francisco pediatrician, taught medicine at Mulago Hospital in Uganda, and he named his own under-the-radar charitable foundation after the hospital that he loved. After Rainer’s untimely death in 1993, his brother Henry Arnhold established the Foundation in its current form.
Low cost infant warmer Embrace is one of the projects supported by the foundation. In 2007Jane Chen, Linus Liang, Rahul Panicker, and Nag Murty, all graduate design and business students at Stanford University, developed the Embrace infant warmer, which uses an innovative phase-change material to regulate a baby’s temperature and costs less than $100 to make. It requires no electricity, has no moving parts, is portable, and is safe and intuitive to use. After graduating from Stanford, Jane, Linus, Rahul and Nag co-founded Embrace and in 2010 they launched a modified version of the infant warmer product in India.