Strenghtening latrine emptying services in Parakou
Faecal sludge management in Parakou is an important health and technical challenge, and sustainable solutions remain to be invented. Each year, more than 5,000 m3 of fecal sludge is handled in an anarchic way, buried in the yards or spread in the wild without any control.
Rare are the households for which truck emptying is appropriate, either for technical reasons (pumping impossible) or financial (too expensive). Also, the development of alternative emptying solutions is needed in an environment marked by a very low financial capacity of households.
It is in this sense that the Municipality of Parakou, DCAM and WASTE support the emergence of new emptying services in partnership with the Association of manual emptyers of the city of Parakou. Services with lower investment costs, capable of serving single-pit latrines, ensuring maximum hygiene and affordability.
Practica intervenes in technical assistance alongside the Municipality of Parakou, WASTE and DCAM to optimize the alternative emptying techniques used, train the emptyers, the managers of emptying services and the municipal staff in charge of the monitoring and control of the faecal sludge management.