About the program

Program For Structuring The Faecal Sludge Market

Ensuring access to better and affordable sanitation facilities and mechanical emptying services.

The Program for Structuring the Faecal Sludge Market (PSMBV) for poor households in Pikine and Guediawaye areas has been developed for a better organization of the faecal sludge market at municipal level to provide a decent living environment to poor households by providing them with access to better and affordable sanitation facilities and mechanical emptying services.

t is expected to last four (04) years and is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through a grant agreement with the Government of Senegal.


The program’s direct and final beneficiaries are low-income people living in areas where sludge is dumped on the ground. Indeed, due to their low purchasing powers, they do not currently have access to costly mechanical emptying services.

The program covers approximately 120,000 households, or 1.2 million people, located in suburban areas in the Dakar region. In the Pikine – Guediawaye area, there are 960,000 beneficiaries, 52% of whom uses manual emptying, that is about 500,000 people.

The indirect beneficiaries will be the private emptying operators, who will have an improved sanitation market, boosted by the this program, as well as public institutional actors (ONAS, Municipalities, Hygiene Services, Universities/Research) and NGOs, whose capacities will be built through the implementation of the project.

Localisation du Programme


Results expected by late 2015

  • An additional200 000 people using mechanical emptying
  • 1 089 000 people have improved hygiene conditions
  • The number of manually emptied households drops from 52 to 30%
  • The households’ sanitation expenses drop by 45% annually
  • 15 000 foyers ont souscrit à un abonnement pour la vidange
  • The volume of faecal sludge treated increases from 217,000 to 350 000 m3/year [600 to 950 m3/day]
  • At least 270 000 more people in other secondary cities (ONAS perimeter) have access to mechanical emptying service
  • A viable business model for biogas generation from faecal sludge developed
  • At least 2 to 3 innovative sanitation systems are developed and tested in targeted communities