Kiwis are great at giving, NZ Blood Service says
Kiwis have the giving spirit in their blood, according to the New Zealand Blood Service.
The service is marking the 10th global anniversary of World Blood Donor Day this Friday by celebrating the country’s generosity with its haemoglobin.
‘‘New Zealand is one of the only developed countries we are aware of to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in its blood service,’’ spokesman Paul Hayes says.
‘‘We meet all of the World Health Organisation’s criteria for selfsufficiency, which is considered the gold standard internationally.
Being a selfsufficient country for blood products means there are no barriers for those in need, with a safe and certain supply always available thanks to donors.
Mr Hayes says it is important New Zealanders know about this status.
‘‘Internationally, Kiwis are well-known for their hard working and giving natures, and this couldn’t be more true for our blood donors. Their gifts of life over many years have made selfsufficiency possible here.’’
A donor’s blood type and location determines when they are asked to donate – that helps the Blood Service manage donations to meet constantly changing demand.