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DAKAR:Sanitation Status

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Sanitation provision in Dakar (capital of Senegal) is relatively good by comparison with most cities in sub-Saharan Africa: most households, even in lower-income districts, have a sewerage connection or a septic tank, and these systems function reasonably well at present. Significant problems are however seen in a number of districts prone to waterlogging and/or annual flooding; in these districts, faecal contamination of the local environment is likely to have major impacts on infectious disease burden (Hutton et al. 2007). This article briefly summarizes the current sanitation situation in Dakar.

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