International health experts are meeting in Co Meath for a two-day conference on how to secure increased blood donations for patients.

The meeting will consider whether it is safe to pay donors for certain products like plasma, which is needed to treat certain conditions and is in high demand.

In Ireland, blood donation is voluntary and unpaid but around 70% of the world supply of plasma comes from paid donors.

The conference has been organised by the Irish Haemophilia Society and includes representatives from the World Health Organisation, as well as groups from Canada, Australia and patient organisations.

Chief executive of the Irish Haemophilia Society Brian O' Mahony said that the representatives hope to agree a consensus statement by the end of conference to resolve differences on global issues on blood and plasma.