Social Anthropologist Professor Barry Chevannes after being hospitalised in serious conditions since September 5, is now described as “in dire need of blood”.

A release to students of the University of the West Indies (UWI)Mona Campus by the 2010/2011 Public Relation Officer (PRO) for the Mona Guild of Students, Kerin Scott, was quoted as saying “One of our dearly beloved Professor Barry Chevannes is in dire need of blood as he battles for his life.”

The release obtained by Dexter Comm. quoted the Guild Officer saying: “All UWI students are asked to visit the Blood bank at the University Hospital and make a contribution in his name. Please mention Professor Barry Chevannes’ name when donating.”

Local media reported that Chevannes, who has lectured at the University of the West Indies for many years, was initially rushed to hospital after he complained that he was in pain over a week ago.

Professor Altson Barrington
Chevannes is known as an eminent scholar, and has been a leading activist for peace in Jamaica, as well as a founding member of Fathers Inc, a group which encourages fathers in their role, and chairman of the Violence Prevention Alliance.

Professor Barry Chevannes is a leading international scholar on the Rastafari movement in Jamaica. He has authored: Rastafari: Roots and Ideology and scores of articles in learned journals. His edited collection, Rastafari and Other African Caribbean Worldviews was nominated for the 1995 Katherine Briggs Award in the United Kingdom.

Chevannes is also chairman of the Institute of Jamaica and lead the National Ganja Commission, as head, which was establish to study the viability of decriminalising marijuana. The commission sparked debate islandwide, when they endorse decriminalisation; how the Jamaican Government is yet to address the matter.